America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis to take on Team NZ

America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis to take on Team NZ

Sweden’s Artemis will line up against Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup challenger finals.

Artemis Racing  racing Softbank Team Japan 8 June Bermuda

Sweden’s Artemis Racing Photo: AFP

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.

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Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:52:24 +0000