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.
Going into the last day of the Qualifiers last Saturday June 3 Emirates Team New Zealand were leading Defending Champion Oracle Team USA by 1 point with a head to head race between the two teams to play. The Kiwis said they would have been ready for racing Wednesday, but got a break when high winds postponed racing until Thursday.
"We're really happy to take it through to the next round".
Safety has been a major concern of all the crews and the organisers since the death of British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson in San Francisco ahead of the 2013 America's Cup.
"Ultimately we weren't able to catch up with the existing teams in time", sailing's most successful Olympian, who is not used to losing, added.
In 2016 the team launched the Land Rover BAR Academy, to find and support talented young British sailors and create a pathway into the America's Cup.
The Team New Zealand shore crew were forced to work around the clock to get Aotearoa back on the water for racing today.
Emirates Team New Zealand leads Land Rover BAR 3-1 in the best-of-9 series.
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Team Japan attracted a penalty in the day's first race after crossing the start line a fraction too soon and could not bridge the gap.
The first team to win five races in each semi-final will go through to the challenger final.
BAR were awarded the race win as a result of the incident. Divers couldn't find any damage, but Barker said the team lost valuable preparation time.
Devoid of their captain, the Swedes gave up the ghost in Bermuda's Great Sound and retired, allowing the Kiwis to freely sail to victory.
"The opportunity for the sport is much bigger than we realise", he said.
In the second race, a flawless Swedish performance handed them a 15-second victory, before Outteridge's third-race blunder put Team New Zealand on the ascendancy.
"I was just looking for something to grab onto", said Outteridge, an Australian who has won Olympic gold and silver medals.
He said the team planned to fix that wing sail and use it in two scheduled races against the Kiwis on Tuesday.