Kiwis beat British to reach America's Cup challenger finals

Henrietta Strickland
June 25, 2017

Britain, meanwhile, still hasn't bounced back from its loss in 1851 to the schooner America. On Tuesday, Emirates Team New Zealand capsized at the start of a semifinal race, throwing three crewmen into the water and causing significant damage.

The rivals were locked at 1-1 after the opening two races, as the Kiwis opened their account with a 47-second win in light conditions and Team Sweden rallied in the second outing, controlling throughout for a 15-second margin to even the scoreline.

The New Zealand capsize handed the British outfit their first point of the first-to-five semi-final series, which New Zealand led 3-1 at the end of the day.

The victor of the first-to-five series will go on to challenge America's Cup holder Oracle Team USA next week. "Full credit to them".

The delay gave the Kiwis, the hard-luck losers in the 2013 America's Cup, another day to fix their boat.

Ainslie said it appeared Burling made a slight misjudgment on rake and angle.

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.

"As the breeze died in the last one, we really let loose", he said.

At the finish, Ashby and grinder Blair Tuke shook hands with the other three grinders.

The Kiwis then saluted the British crew.

He is hoping to become the first Englishman to hoist the Auld Mug in victory.

"We're absolutely stoked", Outteridge said shortly after clinching the win.

"When you push them and get it right it's the most rewarding experiences I've had in my sailing career and I think the cup with these boats and this format has great potential for future".

Wendy Schmidt, Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, and Co-Founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute, "Having been involved with Land Rover BAR from the beginning we are very proud of the journey Ben and his team have brought us along to enjoy".

Team New Zealand has snatched the lead in it's America's Cup challenger final duel, after Artemis' helmsman fell overboard in the third and final race. He also has a silver medal.

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.

Team New Zealand won both races against Artemis in the round robins.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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