Artemis Racing win the Semis and race into America's Cup Challenger Final
Friday, June 9, 2017 8:51 PM
Bermuda, June 9 2017 - Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan and Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing went into the final day of racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals with Outteridge holding the upper hand with the scores at 4-3 to the Swedes after Thursday’s races. Outteridge and his Swedish team finally came out victorious after a comeback win in the first of Friday’s scheduled races earned them their place in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals.
In the pre-start, Barker pushed Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge towards the starting line early and as the Swedish challenger slowed so as not to break the start prematurely, Barker put his bows down, the boat raised up on its foils and Barker sped away to mark one with a narrow lead.
Outteridge kept it close on the first run and then on the upwind leg he made the pass. As Artemis Racing tacked at the edge of the race course, Barker was required to keep clear. SoftBank Team Japan made a late tack that left the boat in a vulnerable position and Outteridge pounced. Barker kept clear, but was pushed to a standstill, head to wind, while Artemis Racing sped off into the lead and into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals.
“Absolutely stoked,” was the reaction from Nathan Outteridge on board immediately following the race.
“That was a tough race and to come back the boys really had to dig in. We’re really happy to take it to the next round and we’re going to be ready to go tomorrow.”
Outteridge and Artemis Racing, after recovering from a 3-1 deficit to win their Semi-Finals 5-3 over the Japanese team, will now face Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Finals, beginning at 14:08 local time in Bermuda on Saturday. The winner advances to the America’s Cup Match against ORACLE TEAM USA.