Kiwis beat British to reach America's Cup challenger finals


Team New Zealand will face either Artemis or Dean Barker's Team Japan in the final - with the victor advancing to face Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup final.

While Dean Barker sailed an nearly faultless race, Artemis Racing did not make the mistake the Japanese team would have been hoping for and Nathan Outteridge steered his team home with a 28 second victory, levelling the scores at 3-3 ahead of the teams' third and final battle of the day.

Team New Zealand sailors congratulate one another after beating Artemis Racing in the third race of the America's Cup Challenger playoff finals.

"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".

"That was a tough race and to come back from 3-1 down - the boys really dug deep".

"We are disappointed not to be going into the final, but we are very proud of what we have achieved", Barker said in a live television interview on board SoftBank Team Japan's sleek black 50-foot (15 metre) catamaran.

The Swedes retired due to the incident on the fifth of seven legs in race three, handing a 2-1 advantage to the Kiwis after the opening day of the challengers series final in Bermuda on Sunday.

"I've dried out a little bit, but apart from that I'm fine", Outteridge said after the race.

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.

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But on the other hand, I am confident that the region will return to a normalised situation. He will be assisted by a fellow Singaporean and two officials from Malaysia.

Ainslie said it appeared Burling made a slight misjudgment on rake and angle.

Team New Zealand won both races against Artemis in the round robins.

He said if he had not slipped they would have won the race and be in the lead.

"This is the most successful Japanese America's Cup challenge in history", said Sofuku.

This was another painful loss for Barker.

There was a dramatic end to the day's racing in the America's Cup on Tuesday when Team NZ's helmsman Peter Burling lost control of his yacht in high winds.

The Kiwis, the hard-luck losers in the 2013 America's Cup, passed the British late in the first race to win by 31 seconds and reach match point.

Martin Whitmarsh, chief executive of Land Rover BAR, wants to bring more structure to the event and his idea of staging it every two years has been backed by five of the six teams involved, with only New Zealand yet to agree.