There was a dramatic end to Race Day 1 of the France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez, with New Zealand suffering a huge blow as the wing of their F50 collapsed.

Shortly after the end of racing - with the Kiwis sitting second in the rankings and level on points with leaders ROCKWOOL Denmark - the incident occurred with cameras capturing footage of New Zealand's wing breaking off their F50.

A SailGP statement read: "Following the final race on the opening day of the France Sail Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez, New Zealand's wing collapsed. No injuries were sustained.

A full assessment of the incident and damage is underway, and further information will be shared as it becomes available.

"A full salvage operation took place to ensure all debris was removed from the water."

France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez | Season 4 | New Zealand | Racing | Broken Wing
France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez | Season 4 | New Zealand | Racing | Broken Wing

New Zealand had enjoyed a fairly positive opening day in the Côte d'Azur, winning the opening race by some margin, and following that up with 6th and 5th place finishes to close the action in second place.

Only ROCKWOOL DEN sat ahead of Peter Burling's team in the leaderboard and - with both teams on 21 points - that was only down to their higher finish in the final race of the day.

But with a place in Sunday's Final well within their grasp, the unfortunate incident has now raised doubts over whether New Zealand will even be able to take part in Sunday's action, which resumes in Saint-Tropez at 13:30 CEST.

SailGP will provide an update on the Kiwis' status as soon as possible.