Team NZ undone by America's Cup capsize

Wendy Jensen
June 8, 2017

The race was black flagged soon afterward, handing Team New Zealand a vital early win in its quest to reach the America's Cup final.

In the other semi-final, Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan finished the day level after some thrilling racing.

Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Peter Burling, capsizes.

Racing in the America's Cup semi-finals was postponed by the organisers on Wednesday due to winds above the maximum allowed for a race to take place in the competition. "I think we were unfortunate to lose the first race because we let them through but in the second race we kept the hammer down and took a nice win".

"We've all got a few bruises and cuts and bits and pieces, but nothing major".

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"If they were going to race tomorrow, which is most unlikely, they'd be out there on the start line".

The Kiwi team lead their British counterparts 3-1 in the first to five series - with the incident giving Land Rover their only point of the series so far. New Zealand's Peter Burling, at 26 the youngest helmsman in the competition, said they had chosen Land Rover BAR because they thought the conditions would be in their favor.

- Legendary British yacht designer Hugh Welbourn " I was very thankful when I was sitting up top to be able to look out the back and see all their heads above water and know they're all safe".

A catastrophic capsize in race four of the semi-finals in Bermuda has put Emirates Team New Zealand's challenge for the 35 America's Cup under huge pressure.

Bendigo's Glenn Ashby has made a strong start to the America's Cup semi-finals with Team New Zealand.

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He's struggled for speed on his 50-foot foiling catamaran and been involved in three crashes, including a spectacular one on the first day of the qualifiers that nearly sank his boat.

All crew members were unharmed, although the same could not be said for the boat. We've had tough times in the past and we've been able to turn things around.

He said the team planned to fix that wing sail and use it in two scheduled races against the Kiwis on Tuesday.

"We are obviously thrilled with the day, that was pretty full on by anyone's standards", said Dean Barker on his SoftBank Team Japan's efforts on a victorious day. In the buildup to the 2013 America's Cup, British Olympic star Andrew "Bart" Simpson was killed when Artemis Racing's 72-foot catamaran broke apart during a test run on San Francisco Bay.

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