Sweden’s Artemis will line up against Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup challenger finals.
Nathan Outteridge’s team secured the one win they needed, beating Dean Barker’s Softbank Team Japan by 13 seconds, after a storming come-from-behind performance.
Barker got the better start and led for half the race, before Artemis barged past following a tack, forcing Softbank to slow, and while Dean Barker sought a penalty on the Swedes, none was given.
The result eliminates Barker, whose team had a close relationship and technology-sharing agreement with defender Oracle TeamUSA.
After securing the first finalist slot yesteray, Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling had been diplomatic on which opponent he’d rather face.
“We’re watching a really interesting battle unfold between Artemis and Softbank, and both are sailing incredibly well, and we’re under no illusions that we’ll be in for a fight in the final,” he told the post-race media conference.
Artemis’ Nathan Outteridge portrayed his team as one on the up after three straight wins over Softbank yesterday, to lead 4-3.
“We were quietly confident today, we’d had a good lock at our boat and how we were sailing it a couple of days ago because it was pretty sub-par,” he said.
“Having a day off allowed us to make a few tweaks and just understand the equipment a bit better.”
Team New Zealand has kept its boat in the shed today, after showing signs of recurring problems yesterday with a daggerboard, something they publicly denied.
In the challenger finals, starting on Sunday, Artemis and Team New Zealand will race three times a day until one secures five wins, to step up into the America’s Cup match against Oracle TeamUSA.
Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:52:24 +0000