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New Zealand suffer spectacular America's Cup capsize

16 June 2017, 06:13 | Stacy Ballard

New Zealand suffer spectacular America's Cup capsize

New Zealand suffer spectacular America's Cup capsize

The victor will challenge holders Oracle Team USA for the oldest trophy in global sport in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Match starting on June 17.

The Team New Zealand shore crew were forced to work around the clock to get Aotearoa back on the water for racing today.

Team Japan attracted a penalty in the day's first race after crossing the start line a fraction too soon and could not bridge the gap.

"Once they got in front it was always going to be hard to claw it back", said Barker, who said he hoped the SoftBank Team would return to challenge in the next America's Cup.

The next day's racing was postponed by high winds, and the Kiwis returned to the water on Thursday to eliminate Britain's Land Rover BAR and clinch a spot in the finals.

Support boats quickly surrounded the stricken catamaran as some of the New Zealand team swam away.

Artemis had been down 3-1 before winning three races Thursday to reach match point.

New Zealand will now progress to the challenger play-off, where they will face either Artemis Racing or SoftBank Team Japan.

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He said if he had not slipped they would have won the race and be in the lead. Welcome to smoother sailing, two days after “destruction derby day”.

New Zealand had suffered wing failure shortly after entering the Great Sound for their first race of the day.

Three more races are scheduled for Sunday.

Race organisers later confirmed that all of the crew were "accounted for and unhurt". Divers couldn't find any damage, but Barker said the team lost valuable preparation time.

The delay could benefit New Zealand, who spent all night repairing their catamaran after a spectacular capsizing during a race against Britain on Tuesday. After the Kiwis reached match point, Oracle won eight straight races to retain the oldest trophy in worldwide sports.

But he empathised with his Australian counterpart, having tumbled from the boat himself while Team New Zealand were preparing in Auckland.

Martin Whitmarsh, chief executive of Land Rover BAR, wants to bring more structure to the event and his idea of staging it every two years has been backed by five of the six teams involved, with only New Zealand yet to agree.



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