Ainslie causes crash between America's Cup rivals in warm-up race

Joan Terry
May 18, 2017

Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup catamaran will be in the boat shed in Bermuda for three days to fix the significant damage sustained when it was hit from behind by Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain.

There are only nine days until the start of racing for the 35th America's Cup and the teams are competing in their final series of practice races.

Speaking to Land Rover's official Facebook page, Ainslie was honest in speaking about the collision that saw both boats damaged and needing repairs.

Qualifying racing begins in Bermuda on May 26, with the head-to-head races for the America's Cup between whichever crew emerges as challenger and defender Team USA starting on June 17.

"[Ainslie] went straight in under the media pod with his windward bow and right down the inside of the leeward hull, so there is a pretty good dent there".

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While Team New Zealand are expected to be sidelined for a while as they continue to make repairs to their AC50 boat, Sir Ben and his team managed to fix their boat overnight, having suffered bow damage.

A puncture was made in the cockpit area, near Burling's steering wheel.

"Bit of a love tap racing hard with @EmiratesTeamNZ sorry guys and hope you're back on the water soon #AmericasCup", he tweeted.

After assessing the damage, Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton said: "We know Ben well, he is a good guy but frustration is obviously getting to him and the red mist came down and it's a lot of damage in a time we can't afford it". "I dont think Ben will be feeling too happy about it at the moment", skipper Glenn Ashby said.

Team New Zealand hasn't missed anything today, with the third day of practice racing cancelled due to a lack of wind on the Great Sound.

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