America's Cup officials have emphatically rejected criticism that racing in the challenger series semi-finals should have been called off yesterday due to high winds that damaged three boats.
In the other semifinal, SoftBank Team Japan leads Sweden's Artemis Racing 3-1.
The crews in the first scheduled semi-final, Emirates Team New Zealand and Britain's Land Rover BAR, had sat on board their catamarans waiting to see if the wind would build, trying to stay out of the beating sun.
Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Team Principal: "The most important thing is that everyone is okay on Emirates Team New Zealand after their capsize". Even before the first race of the afternoon they had to return to base to fit their spare wingsail after an unknown problem was discovered on the wingsail they were intending to race with. "At some stage we'll get the boat back to 100 percent but we're still assessing damage". The Kiwis made it to the start line in time and passed Land Rover BAR late in the race to win by 2m 10s.
The Kiwis had only to start the second race to pocket the point and they're happy to resume racing against the British tomorrow two up in the first-to-five series. "We were really thankful that no-one was hurt", he said in a televised news briefing after the race.
Burling was afterwards cautiously optimistic the Kiwis, who lead the best-of-nine semi-final 3-1, would be able to continue racing.
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"She's still upright, so that's a good start", SoftBank helmsman Dean Barker said after both boats took a beating.
Other crew members were left suspended in the upturned hull of their 50-foot catamaran until support boats could right the craft.
Mr Murray had a slideshow presentation showing wind data at the time of Team New Zealand's crash was 21.7 knots - well inside the raceable start limit of 24 knots.
Controversy erupted in the second race between the two, with Artemis tactician Iain Percy infuriated by penalties meted out after they sailed full-tilt beyond the course boundary.
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Despite three decades in the sport, the skipper of Great Britain's Land Rover BAR was equally as shocked as onlooking fans when Emirates Team New Zealand capsized in spectacular fashion.