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Team New Zealand boat capsizes in America's Cup semi-final

Team New Zealand boat capsizes in America's Cup semi-final

"We are disappointed not to be going into the final, but we are very proud of what we have achieved", Barker said in a live television interview on board SoftBank Team Japan's sleek black 50-foot (15 metre) catamaran.

Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Peter Burling, capsizes. "We had a couple divers inspect the boat and couldn't find damage but it eliminated 45 minutes of practice for us where we would normally spend preparing for those conditions".

"We gave it our best attempt and certainly, where this team has come from, particularly in the previous few months, is a huge credit to everyone in the team".

"The main emotion is an enormous pride in what we have achieved in two years. we started with nothing", Barker told a televised news briefing.

Ainslie is the most successful sailor in Olympic history, with four gold medals and one silver.

Members of Artemis Racing of Sweden receive congratulations after clinching a spot in the America's Cup challenger finals Friday, June 9. Burling had a control issue at the start of the opening race of the day, conceding a clear start to BAR but once he got the boat to top speed he passed Ben Ainslie's boat to take a 4-1 lead.

In the other semi-final, Japan lead Sweden 3-1.

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SoftBank Team Japan hit something shortly after leaving its base for the race course.

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.

Bermuda - Emirates Team New Zealand capsized in high winds on Tuesday, catapulting some of the crew into the water and handing rivals Britain's Land Rover BAR their first win of the America's Cup semifinal.

While it was "too early to say" whether SoftBank Team Japan would be back for another shot at the cup, Barker said he hoped they had a future given the fan base they have built up in both Japan and New Zealand, where numerous team are from. After the Kiwis reached match point, Oracle won eight straight races to retain the oldest trophy in global sports.

Team New Zealand would likely look to minimise the changes to their systems in an emergency situation.

The result takes Team New Zealand one step closer to a Cup Match with Team USA, with a flawless showing on Sunday enough to send them through.

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