Artemis Racing reaches America's Cup challenger finals

Clyde Nash
June 16, 2017

In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Great Britain's Land Rover BAR and Emirates Team New Zealand compete during America's Cup challenger semifinals on the Great Sound in Bermuda on Thursday, J.

There was a dramatic end to the day's racing in the America's Cup on Tuesday when Team NZ's helmsman Peter Burling lost control of his yacht in high winds.

The eventual victor of the Challenger Finals will face two-times defending champions Oracle Team USA in the 35th Americas Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton. You need to stay strong, keep the team together and we're already working on the next campaign, we've got a great group of guys. At times his tactical and sailing brilliance shone bright, while at others he was punished for his errors.

Amazingly the crew managed to install a replacement in just 55 minutes and Emirates Team New Zealand made it to the start where neither boat wanted to engage in the gusts of wind sweeping across the Grand Harbour.

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New Zealand's hotshot Peter Burling, the youngest helmsman in the event at 26, and British tactician Giles Scott, 29, both jumped straight back into the America's Cup boats after winning gold medals in Rio past year.

Outteridge was left stranded in the water, from where he was later picked up by a support boat.

Controversy erupted in the second race between the two, with Artemis tactician Iain Percy infuriated by penalties meted out after they sailed full-tilt beyond the course boundary.

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.

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Ainslie said the Brits weren't able to catch up with established teams.

Burling and his crew bounced back from the crash two days ago to win two of their three races against BAR today and book a spot in the Louis Vuitton challenger final series.

From there, the Kiwis didn't give Artemis a sniff, blitzing home to claim the day's third race.

The Japanese were swiftly up onto their foils and pulled clear of Artemis on the first leg.

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In the buildup to the 2013 America's Cup, British Olympic star Andrew "Bart" Simpson was killed when Artemis Racing's 72-foot catamaran broke apart during a test run on San Francisco Bay.

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