Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team break wing in America's Cup semi

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The winners of the series are set to progresses to the challenger final and whoever wins that takes on defending champions Team USA for the America's Cup itself.

Monday brought the biggest setback yet, when the wing sail on the British boat was seriously damaged in the opening race of the challenger semifinals, forcing him back to shore with two quick losses to Emirates Team New Zealand.

The crash happened during the fourth race when Team Land Rover of England was competing against Team Fly Emirates of New Zealand.

Burling said Team New Zealand had yet to properly assess exactly what had caused the capsize, although winds were gusting near the maximum allowed for America's Cup racing.

THE FIRST day of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup play-off semi finals kicked off on the Great Sound in Bermuda with ideal sailing conditions.

"We have forfeited racing today due to damage to our wing, we will be back tomorrow (Tuesday) to fight another day", the British team said on Twitter.

"Ultimately we were please with how we sailed as a team, all teams were struggling to get these boats around the course".

"The teams have many many smart people in there, who've told me since the inauguration of this class that they will be able to handle sailing in these conditions", he said.

The Kiwis hold a 3-1 lead in the first-to-five semi-final play-off and look likely to get more time to fix their damaged boat ahead of the fifth race. "But all of us sitting here aren't going to pass criticism", the British sailing star said during a news conference.

In contrast to the first encounter, it was Dean Barker who won the pre-start duel to claim the early advantage, with Nathan Outteridge trying and failing with a penalty call.

"It's so physical and if you even get just one manoeuvre wrong it puts you on the back foot for the rest of the race". "It's the first time we have sailed in this much wind".

Skipper Glenn Ashby said the Kiwi crew members are "digging deep" and remain "physically okay" with no serious injuries to report after the incident.

"Obviously for us it is great to take the two points and enjoy what proved an easy day for us".

America's Cup officials were simply following the rules when they gave this morning's racing in high winds the go-ahead.