Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

"I know with the team we've got and the support we've now got, we're going to be a really strong outfit for many years to come".

New Zealand showed the same slick consistency they have done throughout the challenger series, keeping their 50-foot (15 metre) foiling catamaran above the water for much of the time. "Boat is making its way back to dock to assess damage".

"We did that throughout this competition to the point that there wasn't a huge amount between the two boats today".

While SoftBank Team Japan is new to the America's Cup, Artemis Racing is one of the most established teams, backed financially by Tornqvist, the Swedish co-founder of oil trading giant Gunvor. Burling had a control issue at the start of the opening race of the day, conceding a clear start to BAR but once he got the boat to top speed he passed Ben Ainslie's boat to take a 4-1 lead.

Artemis has simplified its approach, Outteridge said, and got a pep talk from the stoic Percy, who serves as team manager and tactician. On Tuesday, Emirates Team New Zealand capsized at the start of a semifinal race, throwing three crewmen into the water and causing significant damage.

Of the other four teams hoping to challenge Oracle Team USA, Sweden's Artemis Racing has a total of eight Olympians in its sailing squad, while Emirates Team New Zealand has six and SoftBank Team Japan and Britain's Land Rover BAR, who were knocked out in their semi-final, four apiece.

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Japan is also leading Sweden by three races to one.

Today is nearly exactly three years since the British team officially launched their long-term challenge to bring the Cup home to British waters for the first time since the inuagural event in 1851 - 166 years ago - when it was held off the Isle of Wight.

Defeat means Britain's wait to bring sport's oldest trophy home goes on with Ainslie unable to replicate his heroics of 2013 where he helped Oracle Team USA overturn a deficit to New Zealand to win.

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.

Ainslie and his crew rallied to win the next race but an error in the third was all New Zealand needed to pounce for the vital win.

But he empathised with his Australian counterpart, having tumbled from the boat himself while Team New Zealand were preparing in Auckland.

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