Peter Burling admits mistake led to Team New Zealand capsize
Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said their spectacular capsize was their own fault but insists the damage is repairable and the syndicate will bounce back.
The Kiwis pitch-poled their AC50 in their fourth clash with Sir Ben Ainslie on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time). No crew were injured but the boat suffered significant damage.
Great Britain took the win to cut Team New Zealand's lead to 3-1 in the bid to gain five wins and move through to the challenger's final.
Having been stalled by Ainslie on the start line, Burling accelerated but then appeared to lose control and nose-dived and capsized rolling forward rather than sideways.
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"We feel it was fully our error, we were just trying to get off the start clean," Burling said, adding he wasn't worried about Ainslie getting away first, more about 'staying out of trouble'.
But that trouble appeared in an instant.
"Just as we went to accelerate we got really high and then proceeded into a big bow-down trim. We will have to go over the footage to review it.
Recap: Team NZ helmsman Peter Burling accepts the capsize was team's own fault.
"We thought we had a penalty at the start, we were effectively waiting for him to go and to follow him down. We accelerated as normal and got high on the foils and very soon after that we were going down very quickly.
"It was then about making sure no-one was injured and thankfully there were no injuries."
Burling held his own press conference as he was late in, helping oversee the recovery.
He believed the team would recover quickly.
They may get some breathing space with Thursday's (NZT) forecast for stronger winds that could force a cancellation.
"They are already working on the repairs," he said of the shore crew beavering into action.
"We will bounce back from this. We will get the boat back to 100 at some stage and get back out there.
"We will have to wait and see. As a group of New Zealanders we are incredibly resilient, we saw that in the first race to start that."
Burling was referring to a separate incident before the start of the day's racing when Team New Zealand suffered wing sail damage heading out to the course. They had to turn back to base, and crane in a replacement wing sail. The returned to the start line with two minutes top spare and engineered a come-from-behind win against the Brits.
But it was an ominous warning for what was ahead on a day when all four boats involved in the semifinals suffered damage.
Japan beat a struggling Swedish team in both their races to take a 3-1 lead in the other semifinals.