Kiwis beat British to reach America's Cup challenger finals

Emirates Team New Zealand leads Land Rover BAR 3-1 in the best-of-9 series.

The victor of the challengers' decider will face Team USA, skippered by Australia's Jimmy Spithill, in the final.

In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Great Britain's Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand compete during America's Cup challenger semifinals on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

But Ainslie made a mistake during the prestart of the next race and Burling calmly steered the Kiwis to a wire-to-wire win of 46 seconds.

In the other semi-final, SoftBank Team Japan lead Sweden's Artemis Racing 3-1 ahead of their two races on Thursday.

Ainslie, who had crossed the start line in front, immediately slowed and instructed the support boat following him to return to render assistance.

The Kiwis capsized at the start of a race Tuesday, seriously damaging the boat and costing them a point in the standings. The British have been trying for 166 years to win back the silver trophy they lost to the schooner America in 1851, and they'll have to wait at least two more years to try again.

Ainslie, one of the world's most accomplished sailors, said he would be back for the next America's Cup.

Ainslie and Iain Percy, the team manager and tactician on Artemis Racing, were best friends with Simpson and helped set up a charity to promote sailing for young people after his death. It has been an incredible success for us both in terms of engineering collaboration and the launch of our new Discovery which is why we are delighted to announce our continued support with as Title and Exclusive Innovation partner for the 36th America's Cup.

"Unfortunately we won't be racing and we will have to come back tomorrow". He also has a silver medal.

Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling told a press conference that there was a "fair bit of damage" to the AC50 - which appeared to include a top section of the wing smashed - though that this was repairable and expects to be able to resume racing.

"We knew we had the power and had to keep chipping away, we saw the opportunity and stole the victory", Outteridge said in televised comments on BT Sport. Artemis and Japan are all square after the Swedish crew claimed the first two victories this morning.

  • Julie Sanders