Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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The victor of the best of nine series will go on to challenge Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup.

"That was a tough race and to come back from 3-1 down - the boys really dug deep".

In the other semi-final series, Team Japan won both runs against Sweden's Artemis Racing to move 3-1 ahead.

The win completed a rebound from a 3-1 deficit and represented a big step in Artemis' road back from the tragic death of British Olympic star Andrew "Bart" Simpson during the buildup to the 2013 America's Cup.

"These boats are turning quite quickly and in an effort to get crew weight up quite quickly, we sprint across, and just as I was crossing the centre of the boat, we straightened the turn, which had me sliding down the aft beam and into the water", Outteridge said.

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The victor of this series moves on to face two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 35th America's Cup match starting next Saturday. Skipper Dean Barker took a tumble on the trampoline.

"The main thing is that we have simplified our racing slightly", Outteridge said.

But if New Zealand emerge victorious, they have said they will look to return to the cup's less structured roots, something which might make it harder for SoftBank Team Japan, who bought their design from the holders, to commit to.

Despite the team's consistency on the start line, and the rapid pace of development of their race boat, they lost 5-2 to Emirates Team New Zealand.

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.

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"We have forfeited racing today due to damage to our wing, we will be back tomorrow (Tuesday) to fight another day", the British team said on Twitter.

Wind conditions in the lead-up to the race were pushing the upper safety limit of 24 knots (27.6 mph) - sometimes blowing above it - and the capsize resulted in at least one of the crew falling overboard. The Kiwis began to follow suit just like they did in the earlier race, but Peter Burling and team launched high on their foils, hit BARs wake zone only to have the rudder loose its grip and pop out.

Speaking after the race, he said he "got a little flick off the back of the boat".

The next day, the rematch fizzled when Artemis was penalized for a port-starboard infraction, allowing the Kiwis to sail to an easy win.

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