Sailing-Barker bows out of another America's Cup with pride

The Swedish syndicate has wrapped up its semi-final series 5-3, after beating Team Japan by 13 seconds in this morning's race.

The Kiwi helmsman claimed a 2-1 lead in the Challengers Series finals after Artemis lost their skipper to Bermuda's Great Sound.

The Challenger final victor progress to the America's Cup decider against defending champions Team USA, who have another Novocastrian, wing trimmer Kyle Langford, on board.

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.

"That was a tough race and to come back from 3-1 down - the boys really dug deep". "Iain Percy had a few words to the team and just reminded us to trust our gut and to sail the boat to our capabilities".

"I was just looking for something to grab onto", said Outteridge, an Australian who has won Olympic gold and silver medals. But in the final race of the day, Burling got the better start and barely looked back as he left Ainslie in his wake.

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.

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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. "I've always said I love racing and I'd like to keep racing".

Despite the loss, Ainslie was pleased with the progress his team demonstrated.

Artemis Racing managed to stay on their foils for the whole of the second race, while New Zealand kept their hulls flying out of the water for 99.9 percent of the time. "Boat is making its way back to dock to assess damage".

The delay could benefit New Zealand, who spent all night repairing their catamaran after a spectacular capsizing during a race against Britain on Tuesday.

The delay gave the Kiwis, the hard-luck losers in the 2013 America's Cup, another day to fix their boat.

The result takes Team New Zealand once step closer to a Cup Match with Team USA, with a flawless showing on Sunday - in the lighter breezes forecast for Bermuda - enough to send them through.

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