Kiwis reach match point in America's Cup challenger finals

Team NZ did just enough to beat Artemis in race six, winning by one second after coming off their foils just ahead of the finish line.

"Really happy to take that race.it's a massive boost for us", Burling said on BT Sports live television from his boat.

In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand competes on the second day of the best-of-nine America's Cup challenger finals on Bermuda's Great Sound, Sunday, June 11, 2017.

After overtaking Artemis Racing down the fourth leg of the course, Burling came close to blowing a huge lead against the Swedish syndicate.

"A few guys in the team said they lost a few years off their lives watching that".

In race six Team NZ passed Artemis on the fourth leg and were cruising heading towards the final mark but they fell off the foils and nearly threw away the race.

The young Kiwi helmsman was quick to put his hand up and admit he was at fault for the poor finish. It was just a simple error at the final mark and we just had to dig deep, to keep working hard.

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"We were planning on going through the gate and going on for another ten seconds past the gate and then gybing back to the finish", said Burling.

New Zealand twice protested but their calls were rejected by the umpires out on the water and Sweden grabbed the win.

Outteridge had outsmarted his long-standing rival Peter Burling at the start and the crew of six elite sailors managed to fend off New Zealand's repeated attempts to pass them.

"We have come back from worse before", Percy added.

The result takes Team New Zealand once step closer to a Cup Match with Team USA, with a flawless showing on Sunday - in the lighter breezes forecast for Bermuda - enough to send them through.

"It just shows you just how tight this racing is, you make one little mistake and a big lead turns into nothing".

"The boys dug pretty deep - the legs were a little exhausted at the end of that, but the amount of power they were able to put out to get that board down was pretty key".

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