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Team New Zealand boat capsizes in America's Cup semi-final

19 June 2017

Some of the crews competing in Bermuda for the "Auld Mug" have a greater Olympic concentration than others and Groupama Team France, with only one on board, was eliminated in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup qualifiers.

As Outteridge steered his 50-foot foiling catamaran toward the finish line, onboard microphones picked him up saying, "Yeah, boys!" "The boys really dug deep".

The Kiwis won two of three races against Ainslie's Land Rover BAR on Bermuda's Great Sound to win the series 5-2 and advance to face the victor of the series between Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan.

The British outfit already faced a battle against the odds, starting yesterday's racing 3-1 down and, after two defeats in the day's three head-to-heads, it ended Ainslie's campaign this time.

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In the first race, Artemis had the lead but Outteridge crossed the course boundary for an unforced error and had to slow to two boat lengths behind the Kiwis.

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

Burling said the team were still assessing the damage - and the precise cause of the mishap. Iain Percy [team manager and tactician] had a few words to the team and just reminded us to trust our gut, and to sail the boat to our capabilities.

Artemis Racing's billionaire backer Torbjorn Tornqvist leapt aboard the state-of-the art blue and yellow catamaran to congratulate Outteridge and the six-man crew following their deciding win over SoftBank Team Japan. At Rio last summer, Burling and Tuke won the gold medal with Outteridge and Jensen taking the silver.

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"The opportunity for the sport is much bigger than we realise", he said.

"It's going to be a close race".

"That was obviously the key moment", an elated Outteridge said of the way the race unfolded in high winds and choppy seas. Race officials later said Artemis shouldn't have been penalized.

The mishap occurred during the days third and final match with Artemis barely ahead of the charging Kiwis by four metres as the teams closed in on the weather mark.

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"We didn't ultimately get that America's Cup home", he said. The whole team - the designers, engineers, shore team and everyone in the office - have dug so deep to make us more competitive.