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35th America's Cup in Bermuda - "It's full-on and it's mind-blowing"
Team New Zealand suffer spectacular capsize in challenger semi-finals (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 488)
Jun 6, 2017 Sports
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In high winds in Bermuda, the kiwi boat rose rapidly on its hydrofoils and appeared to lose control before its rapier-like bows plunged into the water and the boat capsized in spectacular fashion in race two of their America's Cup Challenger semi-final against BAR on Wednesday (NZ time).

"In 30 years of racing I've never seen anything like that," British captain Sir Ben Ainslie told BT Sport. "It's the first time we have sailed in this much wind. It's full-on and it's mind-blowing."

It was, Sir Ben said, the most incredible day of sailing he had experienced in his life. "I'd liken it so skiing on ice," he said. "You really have to go for it as fast as you can. If you try to play it safe, that's almost worse. It was absolutely mind-blowing. I am sure it made for good TV."

That it certainly did. After a comfortable win in their opening race of the day against BAR, the Kiwi boat was on its way past the start line before a heavy wind gust looked to topple it off its foils and onto its nose in the rough Bermudan seas. In what were starting scenes, some of the crew were thrown overboard immediately, while others remained stuck inside the vessel as it teetered upright while awaiting the safety boat to come to their aid.

The New Zealanders looked to be struggling at times with the intense wind conditions through race one, going precariously high on its foils on a couple of occasions as gales exceeded 25 knots - the high threshold for racing even to be allowed.

Damage was also suffered to the boat's wing prior to race one forcing a late replacement, with the likelihood that replacement has also now been ruined. The fairings are gone, along with the top of the wing, and the electronics are damaged as there's much water in the boat.

"Thankful everyone is fine on the Kiwi boat. We feel the capsize was fully our error, and insist the damage is repairable and we will come back out and do it all agin tomorrow," Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling said.

Despite the incident gifting BAR a win, Team NZ still leads the best of nine series 3-1. In the other semi-final, Japan recored two more race wins over Sweden to lead 3-1. The first team in each semi-final to win five races progresses to the challenger final for a chance to take on the American team.

Defending champions USA advanced automatically to the America's Cup matches and they will have a one-point lead over their challengers after topping the qualifying group.

Great Britain began the day trailing 2-0 after suffering a broken wing on the first day of their semi-final against New Zealand. The British boat was forced to retire from the first race, before forfeiting the second as well.

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