America's Cup racing postponed again due to high winds

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America's Cup racing postponed again due to high winds

Emirates Team New Zealand won two of yesterday's three races to complete a 5-2 victory over Land Rover BAR on the Great Sound in Bermuda in the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger play-offs.

Emirates Team New Zealand was leading the first-to-five series, 3-0, against Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing in an America's Cup semifinal when it suffered what the team called "a catastrophic capsize".

"That last race we knew what we had to do to win", said Burling, who credited the Kiwi shore crew's massive effort in getting the catamaran ready to sail after the dramatic capsize on the wind-whipped waters of Bermuda's Great Sound on Tuesday.

In the other semifinal, SoftBank Team Japan beat Sweden's Artemis Racing twice to take a 3-1 lead.

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.

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

Crucially, Outteridge and Artemis appear to have built momentum at the business end of the competition, and the 31-year-old 2012 Olympic gold medalist promised no let up against New Zealand.

"It was an incredibly tricky day, we struggled a little bit with the starts but there were some tight-fought battles".

Outteridge said the crew will review video and determine what it would do differently if he goes overboard again.

While SoftBank Team Japan is new to the America's Cup, Artemis Racing is one of the most established teams, backed financially by Tornqvist, the Swedish co-founder of oil trading giant Gunvor.

Sailing can be a risky sport at the best of times. With not enough time to get the boat back to dock for an inspection, divers had to check on the boat in the water.

"I couldn't be prouder of the team today". The teams will also alternate their side of entry, with Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR choosing a port-tack entry for their first starts of the day.

Fortunately for Team New Zealand, its 50-foot yacht didn't sustain any serious structural damage and it was working to make the needed repairs.

After winning Tuesday's first race, New Zealand are in doubt for the rest of the regatta after their boat showed signs of damage from the high-speed impact.

"Given the fatal accident involving a British sailor, Andrew "Bart" Simpson, in a similar - albeit larger - foiling America's Cup catamaran four years ago, the sailing world held its breath".

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