Team NZ get away with ‘cuts and bruises’ only
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.’’
Team New Zealand capsizes during the pre start for their America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Final against Land Rover BAR.