Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

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

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

Sweden's Team Artemis completed its remarkable comeback to eliminate SoftBank Team Japan from the America's Cup Challenger semifinal series on Friday and set up a showdown with Emirates Team New Zealand.

Emirates Team New Zealand moved a step closer to an America's Cup rematch with Oracle Team USA on Thursday as they ended the quest of Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR.

"We will be back next time and we will be stronger", said Ainslie, who added that sponsors Land Rover and 11th Hour Racing have already re-signed for the next campaign. "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".

"Given the fatal accident involving a British sailor, Andrew "Bart" Simpson, in a similar - albeit larger - foiling America's Cup catamaran four years ago, the sailing world held its breath".

"We can't load the wing up at all... its a tough situation right now", Ainslie told BT Sport from his support boat as his technical team worked to get their catamaran back to base.

"We didn't ultimately get that America's Cup home", he said.

But in the last race, when they also made the better start, the loss of Outteridge overboard threw the crew and they were unable to get back up to speed and conceded defeat.

In the second race, Team Japan had a bad gybe and buried its bows in the water just as the crew was crossing the boat.

Ainslie's team were awarded the race and now trail 3-1 in the best-of-nine series.

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.

Team Japan drew another penalty when the two boats nearly touched at gate five in the final race of the day, handing Artemis a comfortable win.

They were outstanding in the second race, where they were about as ideal as possible, but tactician Iain Percy said they have a lot of work to do. "If there is an opportunity I will", he said.

He said the team planned to fix that wing sail and use it in two scheduled races against the Kiwis on Tuesday. "It was a great day for us to be able to repay the shore crew by getting it done with a day to go".

In the second race, a flawless Swedish performance handed them a 15-second victory, before Outteridge's third-race blunder put Team New Zealand on the ascendancy.

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