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

Yachting: New Zealand dispatch Britain to reach America's Cup challenger final


Emirates Team New Zealand, the hard-luck loser in the 2013 America's Cup, overcame an issue with one of its daggerboards at the start and passed the British late in the first race to win by 31 seconds and reach match point.

The Challenger final victor progress to the America's Cup decider against defending champions Team USA, who have another Novocastrian, wing trimmer Kyle Langford, on board.

In the first race Burling was able to climb back courtesy of two Artemis errors - a miss-timed tack and a penalty for the for crossing the boundary line. "It'll be a real battle, but we're really looking forward to it". "Iain Percy had a few words to the team and just reminded us to trust our gut and to sail the boat to our capabilities".

Once the preserve of old-school yachtsmen, the America's Cup has become the go-to event for Olympic athletes with the abilities needed to tame supercharged catamarans.

Artemis and Team New Zealand will race three times again tomorrow morning.

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Outteridge was plucked out of the water by a chase boat and was OK.

The New Zealanders won the opening race in the best-of-nine contest before the Swedish side hit back to level matters. Sweden's Artemis Racing now lead their semi-final 4-3.

"We feel like we'll be able to fix it and get back into action".

"I've always said I love racing and I'd like to keep racing".

Burling said the team were still assessing the damage - and the precise cause of the mishap.

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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.

"Clearly there were mistakes", he said of the last race, while pointing out that his opponents had also made some.

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"I think he was a bit upset with what happened to be honest", Paul Goodison, a member of the Artemis Racing team, said on BT Sport television after the race, adding that the crew had won three starts and were confident of beating New Zealand.

Ainslie, 40, one of the world's most accomplished sailors, hoped to become the first Englishman to hoist the Auld Mug in victory.

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However, more strong winds are forecast in Bermuda, which could mean racing is put back 24 hours, giving the New Zealand team more time for repairs.

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