Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Artemis Racing reaches America's Cup challenger finals

Artemis Racing reaches America's Cup challenger finals

The other semi-final is being fought out between Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan who had also been scheduled to complete two races on Wednesday.

The Kiwis won two of three races against Ainslie's Land Rover BAR on Bermuda's Great Sound to win the series 5-2 and advance to face the victor of the series between Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan. He helped Oracle Team USA rally from an 8-1 deficit to win eight straight races against Team New Zealand in 2013 to retain the oldest trophy in global sports.

"Unfortunately we won't be racing and we will have to come back tomorrow". Sweden's Artemis Racing now lead their semi-final 4-3.

In the other semifinal, SoftBank Team Japan leads Sweden's Artemis Racing 3-1.

Fans all over the world have taken to social media to congratulate the New Zealand team.

Conditions on Bermuda's Great Sound were ideal for the high-octane sailing boats following disappointment on Sunday when racing was postponed due to a lack of wind.

Team NZ now leads the series 3-1 but face a race against time to be ready for the next race in the series.

Emirates Team New Zealand successfully harnessed the power of rower Rob Waddell, who won gold in the single sculls in Sydney in 2000, as a grinder.

Ainslie's Land Rover BAR crew pulled up on the third of seven legs after the camber arm in the high-tech wing sail broke.

"It was pretty tough out there", Outteridge said.

"It's really easy to get a lit bit caught up in the battle and forget the actual details needed to sail well", Outteridge said.

In the first race, Barker was over the starting line early and had to slow to two lengths behind Artemis to clear the penalty.

Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Peter Burling, capsizes.

Safety has been a major concern of all the crews and the organisers since the death of British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson in San Francisco ahead of the 2013 America's Cup.

They advance to face the victor between Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan. Land Rover BAR managed to get away from New Zealand again and this time maintain their lead in the second race, matching their opponents for speed and managing to shake off the stability gremlins which have dogged them previously.

The incident saw the Kiwis miss out on a America's Cup semi-final win and hand victory to rivals Britain.

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