Team New Zealand capsizes in America's Cup challenger race

But when the New Zealand crew set off in pursuit, they lost control of their catamaran, immersing its hulls in the water and tipping their towering "wing" sail over them as the boat "pitch-poled" forwards and came to a startling halt. In 2013, he helped Oracle Team USA rebound from an 8-1 deficit to Team New Zealand by winning eight straight races to retain the oldest trophy in worldwide sports. "Days like today it is the ultimate team sport".

"I am sure they will recover from that and be out racing tomorrow or the next day".

The crash happened during the fourth race when Team Land Rover of England was competing against Team Fly Emirates of New Zealand. "We are just trying to right the boat".

The Kiwi boat capsized in high winds at the start of their semi-final race against Britain's BAR.

"They're certainly not out of the America's Cup". A damaged wingsail in race one forced the British team to retire in their opening race against Emirates Team New Zealand.

The battle between Sir Ben Ainslie and Peter Burling had been billed as a potential classic with the British boat expected to drive the action in the start box.

Amazingly the crew managed to install a replacement in just 55 minutes and Emirates Team New Zealand made it to the start where neither boat wanted to engage in the gusts of wind sweeping across the Grand Harbour.




"What an incredible day of racing".

However, that pressure intensified right from the start of the race as Barker won the duel in the pre-start sequence to give his team the early advantage.

Helmsman Peter Burling said he, skipper and wing trimmer Glenn Ashby and Simon van Velthooven remained in the boat while Andy Maloney, Blair Tuke and Josh Junior were thrown into the water. "It's a tough one for the team". There will then be another break in proceedings until the final 9 races are run from June 24 to June 27.

The duels between Nathan Outteridge's Artemis Racing and Dean Barker's SoftBank Team Japan provided close competitive racing, both teams recording a win and a loss in their opening two races of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals.

Ainslie's Land Rover BAR crew pulled up on the third of seven legs after the camber arm in the high-tech wing sail broke.

"When you sail these boats fast it is very rewarding, but in conditions like today sometimes it is not possible".

After the race, Burling confirmed that all six sailors were unharmed, bar some cuts and bruises, and that the team's shorecrew were immediately starting work to fix their damaged yacht.

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