Team NZ v Artemis in challenger final

I suppose it’s time to take a bit more interest in the Americas Cup (but today I will be paying more attention to rugby in New Zealand and roller derby on the Gold Coast).

RNZ:  America’s Cup: Sweden’s Artemis to take on Team NZ

Sweden’s Artemis will line up against Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup challenger final in Bermuda.

Nathan Outteridge’s team secured the one win they needed, beating Dean Barker’s Softbank Team Japan by 13 seconds, after a storming come-from-behind performance.

The result eliminates Barker, whose team had a close relationship and technology-sharing agreement with defender Oracle TeamUSA.

After securing the first finalist slot yesteray, Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling had been diplomatic on which opponent he’d rather face.

“We’re watching a really interesting battle unfold between Artemis and Softbank, and both are sailing incredibly well, and we’re under no illusions that we’ll be in for a fight in the final,” he told the post-race media conference.

Artemis’ Nathan Outteridge portrayed his team as one on the up after three straight wins over Softbank yesterday, to lead 4-3.

And now:

In the challenger finals, starting on Sunday, Artemis and Team New Zealand will race three times a day until one secures five wins, to step up into the America’s Cup match against Oracle TeamUSA.

 

5 Comments

  1. Bill Brown

     /  June 10, 2017

    Barker chokes again. Still it saves him being humiliated by Emirates TNZ again.

  2. Gezza

     /  June 10, 2017

    Just got an iMessage from my tuakana (older brother): “Dean Barker is a whore” ❓😳

    Haven’t been following the America’s Cup. He’s gone off somewhere for the morning so haven’t back from da bro.

    What’s he done? Anyone?

    • Gezza

       /  June 10, 2017

      Grr! * Haven’t heard back …

    • Gezza

       /  June 10, 2017

      Oh … sorry Bill. Didn’t see your post. I get it now! 😀

      • Gezza

         /  June 10, 2017

        Me bro’s just replied:
        Now his Jap team is out
        Gone over to Oracle