Team NZ get away with ‘cuts and bruises’ only

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - DUN­CAN JOHN­STONE

Safety was Peter Burl­ing’s first in­stinct as his boat started to nose-dive and he was re­lieved to see his six-man Team New Zealand crew sur­vive their dan­ger­ous cap­size with just ‘‘a few cuts and bruises’’.

Burl­ing, 26, was at the helm of the Kiwi cata­ma­ran when it pitch- poled for­wards un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion dur­ing the start of their fourth race with Bri­tain’s Sir Ben Ainslie in high winds on the Great Sound course in Ber­muda on Wed­nes­day.

Team New Zealand lost the race to have their chal­lengers semi­fi­nal lead cut to 3-1 in the race to claim five vic­to­ries.

But Burl­ing’s con­cerns were all about his crew rather than the re­sult or the costly da­m­age to the boat.

The team have prac­tised safety drills and Burl­ing was happy to see them car­ried out suc­cess­fully.

‘‘I was very thank­ful when I was sit­ting at the top of the yacht to be able to look out back and see all their heads above wa­ter and they were all safe,’’ Burl­ing said.

‘‘That’s def­i­nitely the first thing that goes to mind when you have those in­ci­dents – check­ing that the whole crew is safe.

‘‘That’s def­i­nitely the main thing that we are re­ally happy with – that we have no ma­jor in­juries.

‘‘We’ve all got a few bruises and cuts and bits of pieces, but noth­ing ma­jor.’’

PHO­TO­SPORT

Team New Zealand cap­sizes dur­ing the pre start for their Amer­ica’s Cup Chal­lenger Play­off Semi-Fi­nal against Land Rover BAR.

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