Artemis Racing reaches America's Cup challenger finals

Posted June 15, 2017

The cry of "man overboard" was the climax of a dramatic first day of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series final in Bermuda, with Emirates Team New Zealand taking a 2-1 lead in the best of nine series.

The victor of this series moves on to face two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 35th America's Cup match starting next Saturday.

Burling said such mishaps were "part of it", adding: "I felt like even if he (Outteridge) didn't fall off we would have got that gate (course marker) off him".

"That was a tough race and to come back from 3-1 down - the boys really dug deep". "Before Nath went off, it was shaping up to be a really close top mark, where we'd kind of battled our way back in".

“But its very hard to gybe in these boats when youre going over 40 knots, so full credit to the guys to recover from that. “And were going to be ready to go tomorrow.”.

"I was just looking for something to grab onto", said Outteridge, an Australian who has won Olympic gold and silver medals.

"The racing yesterday was super tight and today was no exception as well". I tried to grab some net or a bit of the boat and just missed everything and ended up in the water. "If we can keep pushing the boat to its limit there's going to be some incredible racing".

Land Rover BAR managed to get away from New Zealand again and this time maintain their lead in the second race, matching their opponents for speed and managing to shake off the stability gremlins which have dogged them previously.

In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, SoftBank Team Japan and SwedenþÄôs Artemis Racing compete during America's Cup challenger semifinals on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Barker said although no evidence of damage was detected, the time spent assessing the wings had disrupted the vital period usually spent gauging the conditions just before the race. On Friday, Team Japan had the early lead but Outteridge outmaneuvered Dean Barker to take the lead after a bad tack by Team Japan on the third leg.

Sofuku continued, echoing Barker as he reflected on the achievements of the young Japanese challenge drawing upon his 20+ years of experience as Japan's leading America's Cup sailor.