The Emirates Team New Zealand has been having a good time of it at the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Peter Burling and his team have been going well in Bermuda and were competing against arch rival Land Rover BAR team from Great Britain in the second Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Final race. A mistake by Peter Burling and his team saw the Emirates New Zealand boat capsize.
The boat dug its nose deep in the water and its stern got lifted. This made the boat capsize. Three of the team members were seen clinging on in the cockpit and three others were elected into the water. There was no serious damage to all the six sailors and very safe and unharmed. The boat was taken back to the America’s Cup village.
This was not a good day for the Kiwi team as they had to return to the base even before the first race to fit a spare wing sail. There was some problem with the wing sail and the whole team had to wade off through some anxious moments to get the wing sail set up on the boat in time to take part in the first race.
Burling said after the incident the first thing for everyone involved was to see if all the sailors were safe and unharmed. It is a great relief to see sailor falling into the water and then see their head above the water. He was very happy with the team’s showing in the first race despite having some problems with the wing sail. The boat has undergone quite a bit of damage and the shore guys are working on the boat to assess the damage. He is confident of getting the boat back into action soon.
He said that the team will bounce back from this setback and get the boat back in its perfect shape and hit the waters again.