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Team NZ warm up with capsize

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/06/2016

© Getty Team New Zealand has suffered a spectacular capsize ahead of this weekend's sixth round of the America's Cup World Series.

The series-leading New Zealanders were locked in a close battle with second-ranked Oracle Team USA during official practice on Lake Michigan when they upturned.

The Kiwis came off the foils, crashed down hard and rolled into a capsize.

Some crew members fell off the boat, while others jumped off the top hull.

All crew were safe and accounted for and they recovered quickly enough to start the next race just 15 minutes later.

Oracle ran into similar problems in the following fleet race, when they appeared to be surprised by an approaching boat.

As skipper Jimmy Spithill rolled into a crash tack to avoid collision, the team didn't have time to let off a line, pinning the wing sail and resulting in a capsize.

Oracle were also able to recover easily and resume racing.

Team New Zealand are bracing for another tense weekend of racing on a tiny course where errors are likely to be magnified.

A burst on the final leg of the final race secured them victory in New York a month ago, giving them a narrow 12-point lead over Oracle.

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