Sailing-Sweden to face New Zealand in America's Cup Challenger final

The Brits tried to get back to the dock to replace the wing.

The pair were locked one-all going into the last race, and Team New Zealand was on the charge from behind when disaster struck the Swedish team.

"I think this America's Cup class has proven through this competition to be an incredible boat", he added.

Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Peter Burling, capsizes. The Kiwis said they would have been ready for racing Wednesday, but got a break when high winds postponed racing until Thursday.

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. It's a huge credit to our team - and a huge thank you to them, I couldn't be more proud.

In the second race, Team Japan had a bad gybe and buried its bows in the water just as the crew was crossing the boat.

Outteridge and Iain Jensen, an Artemis crewman, won the gold medal in the 49er class in the 2012 Olympics, with Burling and Blair Tuke, also a Team New Zealand crewman, taking the silver.

"We are here to win the next series and then bring the cup home to New Zealand", Burling said, reflecting the understated nature of the Kiwi campaign from the outset of this controversial cycle of sport's oldest contest.

Team Japan attracted a penalty in the day's first race after crossing the start line a fraction too soon and could not bridge the gap.

SoftBank Team Japan beat Artemis Racing of Sweden twice to take a 3-1 lead in their series.

After the first day of Semi-final racing Emirates Team New Zealand continued its impressive form snatching both points from opponents Land Rover BAR while in the other head to head SoftBank Team Japan and Sweden's Artemis Racing look more evenly matched, winning one race each. Although it remained to be seen just how extensive the damage was, he said, "we feel like we'll be able to fix it and get back into action".

Despite the best efforts of the helmsmen to sail conservatively, they all admitted to tense moments with near-capsizes, getting out of sorts, and boat pieces flying off like a rocket ship leaving orbit.

New Zealand will now progress to the challenger play-off, where they will face either Artemis Racing or SoftBank Team Japan.

  • Julie Sanders