America's Cup: New Zealand hold final lead after Swedish skipper goes overboard

Ross Houston
June 24, 2017

Team New Zealand will face either Artemis or Dean Barker's Team Japan in the final - with the victor advancing to face Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup final.

As Outteridge steered his 50-foot foiling catamaran toward the finish line, onboard microphones picked him up saying, "Yeah, boys!"

Grinder Luke Parkinson quickly jumped behind the wheel, but down to five crewmen, Artemis eased up as Kiwi skipper Peter Burling sailed off to victory.

"There were a lot of questions about multi hulls and match racing, I think they are great boats for the racing we are doing, incredible spectacle both on the water and televisually".

Artemis had been almost ideal in Race 2, leading wire-to-wire and staying on its hydrofoils the whole way.

Emirates Team New Zealand was the top boat on the day, twice coming from behind to carve out a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-nine series.

Some calming words from Britain's two-time Olympic champion Iain Percy, telling his Artemis crew to "trust their guts", were behind the Swedish challenger's comeback win in the semi-finals of the America's Cup Challenger play-offs.

In the first race, Artemis had the lead but Outteridge crossed the course boundary for an unforced error and had to slow to two boat lengths behind the Kiwis.

The capsize came at the start of the second race as Burling attempting to bear away, but sent his boat "cartwheeling straight over its multi-million pound wingsail".

Team New Zealand twice defeated the Swedish syndicate in the qualifying phase.

Earlier in the day Team New Zealand won the first race on their smaller foils - a surprise in the lighter conditions.

For Burling and his crew, the incredible efforts the team made from Tuesday to Thursday to fix the boat that was so badly damaged in Tuesday's pitchpole were repaid handsomely, putting themselves into the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals as the first team to reach that stage. "When we got back to the dock today to see the whole team there celebrating moving into the next round, that's when you realize it is a huge team effort and a massive family effort involved as well".

Burling said he had done the same thing during practices in the past.

"Clearly there were mistakes", he said of the last race, while pointing out that his opponents had also made some.

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