Emirates Team New Zealand haven't had the smoothest start to preparations on the water in Bermuda.

Team New Zealand were back out on the water once again today, after hitting the Great Sound for the first time on Sunday.

However the crew had a scary moment after attempting to exit a tight harbour, with the port side of the catamaran nosediving into the water.

"Not the ideal way to exit a tight harbour in a puff of 24.3 knots! Nose dive! We will have another shot at it tomorrow," a message posted on the team's Facebook page stated.


While the incident would have caused a dramatic spike to the heart rates, the team will have been happy to see their "cyclors" stay put in their seats.

When the Kiwi team unveiled their radical new cycling grinding set-up, one of the possible drawbacks that was pointed out was the cyclors would be more vulnerable to going overboard in nose-dive or near capsize situations.

Oracle Team USA sailor Tom Slingsby caught the action dockside, later posting a photo on instagram offering another sober view of the incident.

Our kiwi mates had a close call today exiting the harbour. Glad everyone is ok.

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Team NZ are expected to take to the water for their first official practice racing session on Friday.