Nathan Outteridge says Iain Percy's words of wisdom sparked America's Cup comeback

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2017

Japan's America's Cup dream ended as SoftBank Team Japan went down 5-3 to Sweden's Artemis Racing in their semifinal on Friday.

Outteridge slipped and flew off the boat as the six-man crew went through its quick, choreographed sprint to change sides while the 50-foot foiling catamaran was turning while going about 27 knots on the fifth of seven legs.

"I just hoped the boys could finish the race without me then I was nervous Pete was going to run me over, he was coming straight for me but eventually we made eye contact and he missed me by a boat width", Outteridge said. Down to five crewmen, Artemis eased up.

But after making a crucial error in the first race and allowing New Zealand to get past them, Artemis Racing sailed a near ideal race in their second encounter to level the series.

"Team New Zealand were definitely in range in those second two races with their daggerboards".

"It's the first time it's happened to myself or to probably many people in these boats and I don't think it will be the last, either", Outteridge said.

The challenger final resumes on Sunday with three more races.

The Kiwis pounced to snatch a 2-1 lead after a shocking mistake from Sweden.

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 sailed ahead to a 47-second victory.

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

The next day's racing was postponed by high winds, and the Kiwis returned to the water on Thursday to eliminate Britain's Land Rover BAR and clinch a spot in the finals.

Outteridge and Iain Jensen, an Artemis crewman, won the gold medal in the 49er class in the 2012 Olympics, with Burling and Blair Tuke, also a Team New Zealand crewman, taking the silver.

“Up until I went overboard, the boat was performing very nicely and manoeuvring very well, and so we are really happy with the improvement weve made to the boat, ” Outteridge said.

"The main emotion I feel right now is vast pride in what we've achieved over two years", said Barker.

The win completed a rebound from a 3-1 deficit and represented a big step in Artemis' road back from the tragic death of British Olympic star Andrew "Bart" Simpson during the buildup to the 2013 America's Cup.

Artemis and Team New Zealand will race three times again tomorrow morning.

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