Crew safe after Kiwis capsize in America's Cup
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 6:13
Artemis, skippered by Nathan Outteridge, will now battle it out against the New Zealand challenge to decide which team will advance to face defending champion Oracle Team USA.
The capsize meant Ainslie's Land Rover team were awarded the point, bringing the semifinal back to 3-1 after Team NZ's victory in Tuesday's first match-up saw the team race 3-0 ahead in the first to five contest.
Outteridge fell off his catamaran as it went through a manoeuvre in race three in Bermuda's Great Sound.
SoftBank Team Japan came into Thursday with a 3-1 lead, but took costly penalties in its first and third races of the day, and watched in the second race as Artemis simply sped away.
With the wind pumping well above the 24-knot limit at time for racing Peter Burling had sailed gingerly out of the harbour towards the race course only to return minutes later with a badly damaged wing-sail. But in the final race of the day, Burling got the better start and barely looked back as he left Ainslie in his wake.
Team New Zealand merely had to start the second race and the race committee immediately black-flagged it, giving the Kiwis a 2-0 lead in the best-of-9 series.
He said if he had not slipped they would have won the race and be in the lead.
We definitely didnt feel like we had it set up quite 100 per cent because the breeze was going up and down, we were kind of chasing it all day.
Artemis Racing was a new syndicate four years ago but was devastated when Simpson was killed when its 72-foot catamaran broke apart during a training run in May 2013. Percy won a gold medal in the Finn class in 2000 Games.
Race organisers later confirmed that all of the crew were "accounted for and unhurt".
This was another painful loss for Barker.
Team New Zealand supporters cheer for the team as they leave the dock on day one of the challenger playoff finals against Artemis.
The New Zealander had not only been at the receiving end of one of the most spectacular sporting comebacks in San Francisco, he was then dumped as skipper by Emirates Team New Zealand.