Kiwis beat British to reach America's Cup challenger finals

"Full credit to the shore team for getting us out here", Burling said adding that the Kiwi boat was "just as fast, if not faster" than before its dramatic plunge on Tuesday, which sent three crew members overboard and stranded three more on the crippled craft.

Owned by Swedish billionaire Torbjorn Tornqvist and led by Olympic gold medalists Outteridge and Iain Percy of Britain, Artemis won the series 5-3 to move into the best-of-nine challenger finals against Emirates Team New Zealand starting Saturday.

Artemis Racing of Sweden clinched a spot in the America's Cup challenger finals by beating SoftBank Team Japan on Friday for the fourth straight time.

The winners of Team New Zealand and Artemis will face two-times defending champions Oracle Team USA in the 35th Americas Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

"We're actually very, very proud of what this team has achieved given it was the last to enter and I think we're the smallest team here".

Today is nearly exactly three years since the British team officially launched their long-term challenge to bring the Cup home to British waters for the first time since the inuagural event in 1851 - 166 years ago - when it was held off the Isle of Wight.

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.

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"But we are really happy with how the boat is going at the moment and really happy to have it back in one piece". He was sacked by Emirates Team New Zealand in the aftermath of blowing an 8-1 lead to Oracle Team USA in the 2013 America's Cup match. Down to five crewmen, Artemis eased up.

Team New Zealand are left to assess the damage to the multi-million pound catamaran ahead of the remainder of the series, though a forecast for stronger wind could see racing cancelled, buying the Kiwis some extra recovery time.

Race officials later said Artemis shouldn't have been penalized.

One supporter who has set Land Rover BAR apart is Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, who has sailed with Ainslie and is patron of the 1851 Trust, the charity he has set up to get young people to discover science and technology through sailing. “Were disappointed not to be going through to the final, but it was a pretty epic race in some challenging conditions.

"We're bitterly disappointed to lose races and not continue in the America's Cup but that's sport and the America's Cup is a tough game".

Ainslie, a successful Olympic sailor, got the better of Burling at the start, ensuring a clean run over the line.

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