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America's Cup challenger races postponed due to high wind

16 June 2017, 06:11 | Nina Perez

Emirates Team New Zealand beat Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team in the first-to-five challenger semi-final on Thursday, ending British hopes in the 35th America's Cup.

In the second race, a flawless Swedish performance handed them a 15-second victory, before Outteridge's third-race blunder put Team New Zealand on the ascendancy.

On the water he signed up Jono Macbeth, a 44-year-old New Zealander who has three America's Cup wins, as sailing team manager and enlisted Giles Scott as tactician on his catamaran "Rita", the name Ainslie gives to all his racing boats. The Swedes decided they were so far from the finish line, there was no use chasing a Team New Zealand boat that took advantage of their mishap to sail away at speed.

Three members of the crew were thrown overboard in the waters off Bermuda while some were suspended in the hull above the water.

Barker also skippered Team New Zealand during the loss to Alinghi of Switzerland in the 2007 America's Cup match.

"We've all got a few cuts and bruises, but nothing major".

He said it was too early to know if the shore team would be able to fix the boat in time for Wednesday's two scheduled races. He said the crew will review video to see what precisely went wrong. "These boats are incredibly hard to sail and these things can happen.Thank God, most importantly, everyone's fine on the boat".

Helmsman Burling, an Olympic gold medallist, was bullish post-race and said his Kiwi outfit would have won regardless of Outteridge's slip.

Thursday (June 8) was partly a day of sadness for the team after they lost their Play-off Semi Finals series 5-2 to Emirates Team New Zealand in Bermuda.

But all four teams were challenged by the conditions, with gusting winds causing at least some degree of damage to every boat.

The victor of the series will challenge Oracle Team USA in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Match next week. Skipper Peter Burling said there no major injuries, reported The Associated Press.

They sailed with composure, overtaking BAR mid-race and hanging on to take their series lead to 3-0.

Elsewhere, Artemis Racing, led by Briton Iain Percy, produced a remarkable turnaround by winning all three races to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead heading into the final day of racing.

However, that drama paled in comparison to the frightening capsize in the final race.

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