In the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals, though they had capsized on Day 3, the Kiwis’ prevailed Day 4, taking the win in their last race against Land Rover BAR. Great Britain is out. Artemis is in the lead with 4 points to SoftBank’s 3 points. All Artemis needs to do is win one race to win the Semi-Finals and move onto the Finals against New Zealand.
Prior to today’s races, Artemis’ Nathan Outteridge commented about the 25 knot winds, “Our boat is better in lighter winds.” And Dean Barker said the SoftBank team “…needs to keep pushing to sail the boat fast around the course.” Lucky for Artemis the winds diminished to 19 knots. Going out to the start, Team Japan collided with something – a rock, a buoy – we never knew what. Commentators were wondering how that upset affected the boat, not to mention the team.
In what ended up being the final Semi-Final race today, June 9, Artemis and Team Japan hit the start with Japan slightly ahead of Artemis, up on their foils first and shooting straight ahead at 45 knots. They got the start they wanted. Both boats’ speeds were really good; they were only 16 meters apart. It was like a big drag race out there. At one point at the edge of t