dglobalnews.com Team New Zealand capsizes in America's Cup challenger race
Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Team New Zealand capsizes in America's Cup challenger race

Team New Zealand capsizes in America's Cup challenger race

New Zealand crew members were catapulted into the water when their catamaran capsized before reaching the start line of an America's Cup semi-final race.

"All of us sitting here are not going to pass criticism, these boats are incredibly hard to sail and these things can happen". Another defeat for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

“Like skiing on ice, ” was how Ainslie described the days sailing.

One broken wingsail in warmups on Wednesday and a subsequent capsize that damaged the replacement sail and placed questions marks over structural strength and electronic and hydraulic functionality has the Kiwis on the back foot. Team NZ now leads the series 3-1 but face a race against time to be ready for the next race in the series. "Certainly the most exciting and exhilarating racing I've ever been involved in, in my life", said the Land Rover BAR helmsman. “They have a spare wing, but they are a very strong team, Im sure if there is racing tomorrow, they will be there on the start line.”.

Controversy erupted in the second race between the two, with Artemis tactician Iain Percy infuriated by penalties meted out after they sailed full-tilt beyond the course boundary.

It's been a rough spring for British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie in the lead-up to the America's Cup on Bermuda's Great Sound. "We felt we were in for a real battle today and obviously it was a bit of a shame there wasn't much of a battle".

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Team NZ still hold a 3-1 lead over the British boat in the best of nine series.

Meanwhile, Australian skipper Nathan Outteridge's Swedish team Artemis Racing broke even with a win and loss against Team Japan in Bermuda on Monday.

The limit for racing is 24 knots, so this will be music to the ears of the Team New Zealand shore crew who were expected to be working overnight to fix the damage to their yacht in time for today's races.

Earlier Ainslie, whose crew did just enough to get through the qualifying round but lacking consistency in both speed and the execution of maneuvers, had said the pressure was on New Zealand as the "in-form" team. Skipper Dean Barker took a tumble on the trampoline.

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