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Team New Zealand capsizes in America's Cup challenger race

Team New Zealand capsizes in America's Cup challenger race

The delay will be a relief to Team New Zealand, whose crew had spent all night repairing their catamaran and its "wing" sail after "pitch-poling" and nose-diving into the water during the race against Britain's BAR. “These boats are incredibly hard to sail and these things can happen.”.

It was one of the wildest days of sailing in recent memory.

" A decision made by Team New Zealand to take their best and scared wing to the race course". But it took them almost two hours to get their boat back to shore before the grim task of piecing it back together could begin.

Gear damage that led to the retirement of the British boat in the first race could not be repaired in time for the second encounter, handing the Kiwis both points. Certainly, in thirty years of racing boats, it was the most full-on, exhilarating moment I've ever had.

As a result, Peter Burling's team only had to cross the start line in the scheduled third race of the afternoon to clinch victory and take a two-point advantage over the British team in the process.

In contrast to the first encounter, it was Dean Barker who won the pre-start duel to claim the early advantage, with Nathan Outteridge trying and failing with a penalty call.

The winners of each semifinal progress to the challenger final, with the victor taking on defending champions Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup.

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He said the boat had just rounded the downwind mark and gotten on the wind when there was a "big crunching sound coming out of the wing".

"I am sure they will recover from that and be out racing tomorrow or the next day". SoftBank Team Japan race Artemis at 5.36am, with their sixth race at 6.35am.

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The Kiwi boat capsized in high winds at the start of their semi-final race against Britain's BAR. We were not too anxious if we were ahead or behind because we have good speed around the track.

The Kiwis hold a 3-1 lead in the first-to-five semi-final play-off and look likely to get more time to fix their damaged boat ahead of the fifth race.

The mayhem came a day after Ainslie was forced to retire from two races because of serious damage to his wing sail.

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