Great Britain beaten in America’s Cup semi-final

New Zealand became the first crew from a country outside the United States to win and successfully defend the America’s Cup in 1995 and 2000
35th America’s Cup in Bermuda
Play-offs: 4-8 June & 10-12 June. America’s Cup: 17-18 & 24-27 June.
Race coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, Red Button, Connected TVs, online and BBC Sport app from 11 June.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain were eliminated from the America’s Cup as New Zealand secured a 5-2 win in the first-to-five semi-final.

Leading 3-1 overnight, New Zealand won the first of Thursday’s three scheduled races to leave them on the brink.

Britain delivered under intense pressure in the next race before New Zealand sealed a play-off final spot.

It was a victory to savour for New Zealand after their catamaran capsized during racing in high winds on Tuesday.

“I was really proud of the way the team sailed today,” said Ainslie afterwards.

“We will be back next time and we will be stronger.”

Despite the capsize NZ took a 3-1 lead into the third day of racing

After Wednesday’s races were postponed because of high winds, New Zealand made a strong comeback to go 4-1 up on Thursday.

Great Britain had a 26-second lead at the first mark before their opponents came back to secure a 31-second victory.

Britain managed to hang on with a near-perfect win in the next race after getting off to a strong start, this time, maintaining their lead and matching their opponents for speed.

However, New Zealand’s class shone through as they put Tuesday’s troubles behind them.

“We struggled coming into this with a lack of speed but everyone has dug so deep to get us more competitive,” added Ainslie.

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The Kiwis will take on Sweden or Japan in the play-off final.

Sweden need just one more win after a dramatic comeback.

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They trailed Japan 3-1 at the start of the day but Sweden won all three races on Thursday to take a 4-3 lead.

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