Rome Kirby is a America’s Cup winner.

Rome Kirby is a second-generation America’s Cup winner

Rome Kirby is a second-generation America’s Cup winner.

His dad, Jerry Kirby, won the America’s Cup in 1992 and Rome was a rookie on board “17” for the Comeback Cup four years ago, when ORACLE TEAM USA came back from a 1-8 deficit to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8.

“I remember hoisting the America’s Cup up,” Kirby says. “I walked across the stage and my whole family was in the front row. I remember holding the Cup up in front of them was a pretty special moment. We’re going to do our best to hold on to it.”

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TeamBDA light up Bermuda – 14.06.2017

14.06.2017

TEAMBDA LIGHT UP BERMUDA AS THEY PROGRESS INTO 2017 RED BULL YOUTH AMERICA’S CUP FINALS

Light winds again greeted the six international Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool B teams who returned to day two of Qualifiers fleet racing action on 13th June on Bermuda’s Great Sound. However, the wind speed did not stop the day producing huge tension, real drama and a fantastic story for Bermuda, home of the 35th America’s Cup with TeamBDA, the local favourites, booking their place in the Finals of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup by securing the points they needed to progress in the second race of the day.

TeamBDA’s progression also means that, at the end of day two, the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup says goodbye to the Austrian Candidate Sailing Team and Carson Crain’s Next Generation USA.

In contrast, the TeamBDA story is remarkable, especially in the context of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup which is the platform for the next generation of sailing superstars to test their mettle on the same waters as the America’s Cup teams. Just over one and a half years before the start of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, many of the Bermudian team had not sailed before, so to book their place in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, on their own home waters, is a truly special story.

On the water, in action on day two of the Qualifiers with TeamBDA was Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (ESP), Candidate Sailing Team (AUT), Next Generation USA and NZL Sailing Team. The teams, all aged between 18 – 24 years, were racing on the final day of the Pool B 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers, the precursor to the Finals which take place on the Great Sound on 20th / 21st June.

Having endured a mixed first day’s racing, reigning champions NZL Sailing Team made the perfect start on day two, taking victory in the first race, narrowly ahead of local heroes TeamBDA. Behind them Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR finished third, ahead of Austria’s Candidate Sailing Team, with Land Rover BAR Academy in fifth and Next Generation USA in sixth.

Race two was about to start, but then a windshift on the racecourse lead to America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) abandoning the race shortly before it started so they could change the course to fit the new wind direction.

Soon, the second race of the day was back on and in what proved the closest-fought race yet involving all six teams, Jordi Xammar’s Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR crossed the finish line first, narrowly ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy and the much-improved Candidate Sailing Team. Behind the top three, Logan Dunning Beck’s NZL Sailing settled for fourth, with Next Generation USA fifth and TeamBDA in sixth.

In the final race of the Pool B Qualifiers it was NZL Sailing team who took the honours in first, followed by Land Rover BAR Academy in second. Behind them, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR stole third place on the line from Team BDA, making the whole of Bermuda smile with fourth place, sealing their spot in the Finals. Next Generation USA had to settle for fifth while bringing up the rear were Candidate Sailing Team whose 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup adventure ended with sixth place.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sports Directors Hans-Peter Steinacher and Roman Hagara gave their thoughts on the Pool B Qualifiers action, starting with Steinacher who said, “There were tricky conditions on both days for Pool B but the four teams who made it into the final have played the tactical game well and deserve to be in the Finals. There was a lot to play for until the last race and that shows just how high the performance levels are of the youth sailors taking part in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.”

Picking up with his thoughts was Roman Hagara who added, “Even though we didn’t have the wind levels we’d prefer, we’re still extremely pleased with how the first two days of racing have gone. It’s crazy how many spectator boats have been out on the water today to support the teams, and especially TeamBDA. Now everyone on this beautiful island will be in the America’s Cup Village for the finals on 20th and 21st June!”

2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Pool B Qualifiers Race Results

Pool B, Race 4
1. NZL Sailing Team (10pts)
2. TeamBDA (9pts)
3. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (8pts)
4. Candidate Sailing Team (7pts)
5. Land Rover BAR Academy (6pts)
6. Next Generation USA (5pts)

Pool B, Race 5
1. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (10pts)
2. Land Rover BAR Academy (9pts)
3. Candidate Sailing Team (8pts)
4. NZL Sailing Team (7pts)
5. Next Generation USA (6pts)
6. TeamBDA (5pts)

Pool B, Race 6
1. NZL Sailing Team (10pts)
2. Land Rover BAR Academy (9pts)
3. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (8pts)
4. TeamBDA (7pts)
5. Next Generation USA (6pts)
6. Candidate Sailing Team (5pts)

2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool B Qualifiers – Final Standings
1. NZL Sailing Team 51pts
2. Land Rover BAR Academy 51pts
3. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR 51pts
4. TeamBDA 45pts
5. Next Generation USA 36pts
6. Candidate Sailing Team 36pts

Watch the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.

Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

 

 

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Land Rover BAR Academy Lead Pool B 13.06.2017

13.06.2017
Land Rover BAR Academy Lead Pool B
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup began its 2017 campaign on 12th June on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the same waters that had just seen the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs, and at the end of day one it is the British team Land Rover BAR Academy who will be happiest with their day’s work, finishing on top of the leaderboard. However, the big story is the local favourites, TeamBDA, who finish day one in third place overall after a highly impressive first day of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers action.

The first day of racing in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup saw the six Pool B teams kicking off their qualifying campaigns with three races, each team looking to book their place in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals.

The Pool B teams competing on day one included TeamBDA, the hometown favourites, taking on Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Next Generation USA, Spanish Impulse by Iberostar, Candidate Sailing Team (AUT) and NZL Sailing Team.

It proved an impressive start to the competition for Land Rover BAR Academy, who won the opening race in emphatic style.

Narrowly edging out Austria’s Candidate Sailing Team away from the start line, the British team, skippered by Rob Bunce, led from start to finish, sailing clear of all of their rivals from the first upwind mark and maintaining a healthy lead throughout the race to claim an impressive maiden victory.

The more interesting battle proved to be between the teams behind the Brits, with a particularly interesting battle developing between Spanish Impulse by Iberostar, Next Generation USA and local heroes TeamBDA, for second and third place.

Eventually it was Jordi Xammer’s Spanish team, followed by Carson Crain’s Next Generation USA, who took second and third respectively, with Dimitri Stevens’ Team BDA clinching a promising fourth place in their first race.

Meanwhile, NZL Sailing Team had to settle for fifth place, while Austria’s Candidate Sailing Team were sixth.

Perhaps inspired by watching fellow countryman Peter Burling lift the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs trophy moments before the start of race two, NZL Sailing Team put their disappointing performance in race one firmly behind them and took a comfortable victory in the second race of the day and with it, 10 points.

In stark contrast to race one, skipper Logan Dunning Beck timed NZL Sailing Team’s approach to the start line to perfection in race two and they quickly established themselves in the lead. Behind them, Spanish Impulse by Iberostar continued to sail consistently, while Dimitri Stevens’ TeamBDA and Rob Bunce’s Land Rover BAR Academy enjoyed a close-fought battle throughout, vying for third and fourth place.

A victory that rarely looked in doubt was ultimately sealed by NZL Sailing Team who were followed over the line by Spanish Impulse by Iberostar, claiming a consecutive second-place finish and another nine points.

TeamBDA continued their impressive form, managing to hold off intense pressure from Land Rover BAR Academy in the battle for third place, while at the back of the field, a late duel for fifth and sixth place materialised between Next Generation USA and Candidate Sailing Team.

Heading into the final gate neck-and-neck, Carson Crain’s US team ultimately won the battle against the Austrians, sealing five more valuable points.

The final race of the first day of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was dominated initially by a fight at the head of the pack between Land Rover BAR Academy and TeamBDA. The Bermudians were then joined by NZL Sailing Team as the British team moved off into the distance but TeamBDA did not lose their focus, sailing brilliantly against the experienced British and New Zealand teams and finally finishing second.

At the end of day one it is the British team Land Rover BAR Academy in first place in the first set of qualifiers, followed by Spanish Impulse by Iberostar, then TeamBDA, much to the delight of the vocal home crowd, with NZL Sailing Team fourth, Next Generation USA fifth and Candidate Sailing Team sixth.

RESULTS

Pool B Race 1:

1. Land Rover BAR Academy (10pts)
2. Spanish Impulse by Iberostar Team (9pts)
3. Next Generation USA (8pts)
4. TeamBDA (7pts)
5. NZL Sailing Team (6pts)
6. Candidate Sailing Team (5pts)

Pool B Race 2:

1. NZL Sailing Team (10pts)
2. Spanish Impulse by Iberostar (9pts)
3. TeamBDA (8pts)
4. Land Rover BAR Academy (7pts)
5. Next Generation USA (6pts)
6. Candidate Sailing Team (5pts)

Pool B Race 3:

1. Land Rover BAR Academy (10pts)
2. TeamBDA (9pts)
3. NZL Sailing Team (8pts)
4. Spanish Impulse by Iberostar (7pts)
5. Candidate Sailing Team (6pts)
6. Next Generation USA (5pts)

POOL B QUALIFIERS LEADERBOARD (DAY ONE)

1. Land Rover BAR Academy 27pts
2. Spanish Impulse by Iberostar 25pts
3. TeamBDA 24pts
4. NZL Sailing Team 24pts
5. Next Generation USA 19pts
6. Candidate Sailing Team 16pts

Racing on day two starts on 12th June at 5.00pm AST.

Watch the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.

Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup media hub here: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

 

 

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Burling punches Kiwis‘ ticket

14.06.2017
Burling punches Kiwis‘ ticket to the America’s Cup against ORACLE TEAM

Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand squad has earned a rematch against ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup with a convincing victory over Artemis Racing in the final match of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

It was a nerve-wracking afternoon for the New Zealand team and its fans. With their team on match point, the first attempt at sailing race seven was abandoned after the wind died with Emirates Team New Zealand holding the lead.

But in the second attempt at racing, Burling won the start over his counterpart on Artemis Racing, Nathan Outteridge, and led into mark one for the first time in the series.

From there, the Kiwis showed blazing speed, extending around the race course for what appeared to be an easy race win, a 5-2 victory in the series, and a date in the America’s Cup against ORACLE TEAM USA.

In 2013, in San Francisco, ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill led his team to one of the greatest comebacks in sport, racing back from a 1-8 deficit to win 9-8 over Emirates Team New Zealand.

But Peter Burling wasn’t on that team. In fact, the only holdover on the Kiwi starting crew is wing trimmer and skipper Glenn Ashby. The 2017 Emirates Team New Zealand doesn’t appear to be scarred from that experience.

“I think the lessons we learned out of San Francisco has made us stronger going forwards,” Ashby said at the post-race press conference. “The team has been re-built from the ground up and what has been created is a stronger unit than we’ve ever seen before. The motivation going forwards is certainly there.”

“We feel like we’re in great shape to take on ORACLE TEAM USA now,” Burling said from on board just after crossing the finishing line. “Artemis Racing has been an amazing opponent. They’ve pushed us incredibly hard… they’ve put us in good shape for the America’s Cup.”

After racing, the inaugural Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Trophy was presented to Emirates Team New Zealand by Grant Gibbons, Bermuda’s Minister of Economic Development, at a prize-giving ceremony in the America’s Cup Village.

The America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, starts on June 17.

Race Report – Race Seven:

The re-sail of race seven started in a 6 to 8 knot southerly, and the pre-start featured both boats heading to the line on timed runs. Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand had a strong leeward position off the starting line and held Nathan Outteridge up above the line to mark one, to lead around for the first time in the series. With the Kiwis extending on the short run to the bottom gate, Artemis Racing was soon 19-seconds back, early in the race, facing a New Zealand team that always appeared to be sailing faster.

By the windward gate, the wind had shifted to the right, making passing lanes hard to find. But by that stage, Artemis Racing was a full 35-seconds behind. At the end, the delta was nearly a minute.

Race Report – Race Seven – ABANDONED – to be re-sailed:

The first attempt at sailing race seven was abandoned on the second run, when the time limit expired due to a dying breeze.

Quotes of the day:

Iain Percy, Artemis Racing Team Manager and Tactician, on who is going to win the America’s Cup: “We don’t know. That’s the beauty of this competition. Honestly, when we started today we didn’t know who was going to win it. It’s blown me away, the racing, doing it. And part of that excitement is because you never know who is going to win, even in the race. Anything can happen. And because of that we can’t tell you who is going to win this thing. But I can tell you it will be the most entertaining sporting contest of 2017.”

Iain Percy, on what advice he would give to ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand: “You can’t assume anything. Anything can happen on the day. It will come down to sailing. There won’t be enough speed difference for one team to win without sailing well. Each individual’s performance on the water will define the result ultimately. It’s so complex it’s about detail and attention to detail.”

Nathan Outteridge, skipper and helmsman, Artemis Racing, reflecting on having sailed his last race in the 35th America’s Cup: “We can be really proud of the way we raced. We’ve had some really close matches and we left everything out there on the water, we pushed hard in every race. We thoroughly enjoyed the competition. I’m very proud of the team – they’ve put in so much effort over the years and it was nice to reward them by getting to the final.“

Peter Burling, helmsman, Emirates Team New Zealand, on handling the pressure as the youngest helmsman in the fleet: “I think it is full credit to our team. We have a great bunch of guys, around, from management throughout to the coaches, who can guide us through. We’re just really excited about the challenge ahead. We’ve been pushed really hard in the past couple of weeks and we’ll take it easy for a day but we’re a lot stronger for it heading into the Match.”

Glenn Ashby, skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand, on being battle-hardened through the competition against Artemis Racing: “Having not done a lot of racing against any other ACCs, the battle we had against Artemis Racing the past few days has certainly been very, very valuable for us. Hats off to those guys for how they sailed. They put together an amazing campaign and whoever made it through this was going to be stronger because of that. They gave us a couple of good sailing lessons and there’s no doubt we’re a stronger team because of it.”

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals

Race 1 Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing: 47 seconds
Race 2 Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand: 15 seconds
Race 3 Emirates Team New Zealand win: Artemis Racing do not finish
Race 4 Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand: 15 seconds
Race 5 Emirates Team New Zealand win: Artemis Racing do not finish
Race 6 Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing: 1 second
Race 7 Race abandoned for exceeding the time limit (to be re-sailed)
Race 7 Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing: 56 seconds

Playoff Results

Playoff Results

 

Finale 10.06.

Louis Vuitton Cup – Challenger Playoffs – 10.06.2017

10.06.2017

Louis Vuitton Cup – Challenger Playoffs – 10.06.2017

A dramatic man overboard incident on Artemis Racing handed the scoreboard advantage to Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand squad on day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final.

Nathan Outteridge, the skipper of Artemis Racing, slid off the back of the Swedish challenger at a critical point in the third race of the day, immediately handing the lead to Burling, who never looked back.

The Kiwis now hold a 2-1 lead in the first to five point series.

“I think I just got a little flick off the back of the boat,” Outteridge explained. “These boats turn quite quickly and we sprint across. Just as I was crossing, we straightened the turn, which had me sliding down the aft beam…

“Had I not slipped off in that last race I think it would have been 2-1 for us, so it’s a bit disappointing, but overall we’re very happy with our performance today.”

“It was an incredibly tricky day,” said Burling. “We were very happy with how we were going. We struggled a little bit with the starts but there were some tight-fought battles. We’re happy to have battled back into that last race and it was shaping up to be a very close top mark before Nathan went off.”

The final stage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs started on Saturday afternoon in Bermuda in light to moderate winds of 8 to 11 knots.

The match has two great young helmsmen pitted against each other – Nathan Outteridge of Sweden’s Artemis Racing and Peter Burling of Emirates Team New Zealand.

The teams went into the day with different set-ups: Artemis Racing with its big, light wind boards, while the Kiwis had smaller foils, thought to be more efficient in stronger winds.

Race One:

The teams didn’t engage closely in the prestart of race one and it was advantage Outteridge when the starting gun fired as he crossed the line on time, with speed, three lengths clear ahead of the Kiwi boat. By the time the teams reached the bottom gate for the first time, Burling had narrowed the lead to just 5-seconds.

With two efficient tacks on the upwind leg, New Zealand closed the gap down and with the boats approaching the edge of the course, Artemis Racing made an unforced error, sailing just outside the course boundary and picking up a penalty. Burling and his Kiwi team banked the advantage and extended the rest of the way to go up 1-0, with a winning delta of 47-seconds.

Race Two:

Artemis Racing’s Nathan Outteridge won the start cleanly over Emirates Team New Zealand’s Peter Burling. Outteridge set up to leeward and was first across the starting line for the second consecutive race. On the reach to mark one, he kept pushing the Kiwi boat to windward, away from the mark, before turning downwind and accelerating into the lead.

Once again, Burling kept it close, not splitting until the final windward gate, hoping superior boat speed would allow him through. But Outteridge and his tactician Iain Percy relied on every trick in the match racing book to cover their opponent, staying between the New Zealanders and the next mark, often pushing disturbed air onto the Kiwi wing.

It was a hard-fought 15-second win for the Swedish challenger, to level the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final at 1-1.

Race Three:

Race Three was an even start, with both boats crossing the starting line simultaneously. Outteridge was set up slightly to windward and vulnerable to a luff, but he accelerated well off the starting line to lead into mark one by less than 3-seconds. Trailing into the first bottom gate for the third consecutive time, Burling finally elected to split away, looking to make a gain through a favorable windshift.

It nearly worked. The boats converged at the top gate with Outteridge ahead by less than one length. With a split on the downwind leg, Artemis found a vein of wind to stretch slightly, but a bad gybe approaching the gate meant the lead was just 3-seconds. The first cross on the upwind was to Outteridge by less than two boat-lengths. The next one was even closer and Burling had the favored right hand side for the final meeting.

But in a dramatic turn of events, on the final tack to the gate, Outteridge slid off the Artemis Racing boat as he sprinted across the platform. Without their helmsman, Artemis surrendered the lead immediately and limped down the final run, retiring from the race after the Kiwis finished for the win and a 2-1 series lead.

Three races are scheduled on Sunday, with the first start at 14:08 local time.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs – Final

Race 1 – Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing – 47 seconds
Race 2 – Artemis Racing beat Emirates Team New Zealand – 15 seconds
Race 3 – Emirates Team New Zealand win – Artemis Racing do not finish

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Louis Vuitton Cup 08.06.2017

Louis Vuitton Cup 08.06.2017

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Nathan Outteridge and Dean Barker entered the day in very different positions; the former facing the very real prospect of his Artemis Racing team facing elimination from the 35th America’s Cup and the latter standing on the verge of his SoftBank Team Japan making history for Japan by seeing a Japanese team reach the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals for the first time ever.

However, facing a 3-1 deficit following back-to-back defeats on Tuesday, Nathan Outteridge and Artemis Racing mounted an almighty comeback against their Japanese rivals, Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan, winning three races on the trot to take the score in their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals to 4-3. That scoreline means the two teams will race again on Friday to decide the second Finalist.
“It was an awesome day for us and I’m incredibly proud of everybody involved in our team,” said Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge.
“We had an incredibly tough day on Tuesday and so as a team we looked back at what we had to do better. I think everyone saw not only an improved boat but a much needed improved performance from us as sailors.
“We were not particularly nervous heading into today. We know it could have been our potential exit today but we were all quietly confident.
“We could have lost confidence in the boat after Tuesday but everyone dug in deep and I’m just proud of what we achieved today.
“We went back to basics and it just showed how easy it can be to win races again.The aim is to do the same tomorrow and take another step towards winning the America’s Cup.”

In reply, SoftBank Team Japan’s Dean Barker is refusing to concede defeat.
“It was obviously a very disappointing day but everyone is remaining positive,” said a determined Barker.
“It’s never ideal to lose three races in a day and it is frustrating for everyone but we take a lot of heart from today into tomorrow.
“Small errors cost us today but we know we are still right in this contest and it will not take a lot to go out and win tomorrow.
“We are two very even teams and although we had a disappointing day, we will take all of our positive energy into tomorrow.”

Ahead of their first duel of the day, Nathan Outteridge knew that a repeat of Tuesday’s two defeats to SoftBank Team Japan would see them eliminated from the 35th America’s Cup.

However, it was SoftBank Team Japan who, despite leading their Semi-Final 3-1, showed early nerves in the two teams’ first encounter of the day as the Japanese team were handed a penalty for crossing the start line a fraction too soon.

That mistake handed Nathan Outteridge the advantage and it was one he took full advantage of, taking the lead and staying ahead throughout the entire race.

SoftBank Team Japan remained in hot pursuit of their rivals but there was ultimately nothing they could do. A faultless performance from Outteridge and Artemis Racing saw the Swedish team seal a 39 second victory and reduce the deficit in their fight to stay in the 35th America’s Cup to 3-2.

Artemis Racing then built on that opening victory and levelled the scores against SoftBank Team Japan with a second successive victory.

Just as they had in the two teams’ opening encounter on Thursday, Artemis Racing timed their approach to the start line to perfection and took an early lead.

In stark contrast to Tuesday’s poor performance, Nathan Outteridge and his team looked assured throughout the race, maintaining a slender lead over the pursuing SoftBank Team Japan.

While Barker sailed an almost faultless race, Artemis Racing did not make the mistake the Japanese team would have been hoping for and Nathan Outteridge steered his team home with a 28 second victory, levelling the scores at 3-3 ahead of the teams’ third and final battle of the day.

Having won both of the day’s previous battles, Nathan Outteridge made it a hat-trick of victories in the last race of the day, turning a 3-1 deficit at the start of Thursday into a 4-3 lead at the end of the day.

Dean Barker narrowly won the pre-start battle, SoftBank Team Japan stealing an early march over Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing. However, the Swedish team battled back over the first four legs of the race and closed the gap completely heading into the pivotal and dramatic Gate 5 turn.

The two teams came into the mark and, in a dramatic flashpoint moment, almost touched, the result of which was a penalty handed to SoftBank Team Japan.

It was a decision from the America’s Cup Race Management umpires that was to prove critical as Artemis Racing seized the advantage to race clear and cross the finish line well ahead of their rivals, sealing a third consecutive victory on the day.

That result leaves Nathan Outteridge in the driving seat heading into a mouth-watering day of racing on Friday, with Artemis Racing needing one more win and SoftBank Team Japan needing two more wins to confirm their place in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals, where either team will face Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand.

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08/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup Bermuda 2017 – Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals, Day 5

 

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Louis Vuitton Cup 07.06.2017

Kiwi capsize, all safe and accounted for

https://www.americascup.com/en/news/2634_Kiwi-capsize-all-safe-and-accounted-for.html

“All crew accounted for.”

And with those words, the America’s Cup community and sailing fans worldwide breathed a sigh of relief.

Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand pitch-poled at high-speed moments after the start, the bows digging in and boat tumbling forward, its sterns in the air, three crew pitched into the water, the rest hanging on in the cockpits.

Their opposition in the race, Land Rover BAR, immediately slowed and skipper Ben Ainslie ordered his chase boat to offer assistance.

A few moments later, Emirates Team New Zealand radioed the Regatta Director: “All crew accounted for – we’re just working to right the boat now”.

After staying bow down, with sterns in the air for several minutes, the Emirates Team New Zealand boat fell onto its side, allowing the team to pull it upright.

The implications for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Playoffs aren’t yet clear. The race was awarded to Land Rover BAR, meaning Peter Burling’s Kiwis are still up 3-1 on Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR.

Racing is scheduled to continue on Wednesday, but the forecast is again for very strong conditions. The Kiwis may get an extra day to repair their damaged boat if the wind is too strong for racing.

https://www.americascup.com/en/news/2634_Kiwi-capsize-all-safe-and-accounted-for.html

06/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup Bermuda 2017 – Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Playoffs semi-finals, Day 3- Emirates Team New Zealand Capsize