Artemis man overboard gives Team NZ the lead

Ruben Hill
June 11, 2017

Burling said such mishaps were "part of it", adding: "I felt like even if he (Outteridge) didn't fall off we would have got that gate (course marker) off him".

However, the focal point of discussion back on the dock after an exciting day of close racing in trying, flat water conditions was Outteridges dramatic and unscheduled swim.

Team New Zealand supporters cheer for the team as they leave the dock on day one of the challenger playoff finals against Artemis.

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.

"We had just battled our way back in and it was obviously a bit of a shame".

But after making a crucial error in the first race and allowing New Zealand to get past them, Artemis Racing sailed a near flawless race in their second encounter to level the series.

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

Rival helmsman Peter Burling had been in the process of creating another come from behind lead change at mark five when the drama unfolded and with the Swedes retiring he sailed unopposed to the finish.

Outteridge's tumble was the latest mayhem in the challenger series. On Tuesday, Emirates Team New Zealand capsized at the start of a semifinal race, throwing three crewmen into the water and causing serious damage.

He said if he had not slipped they would have won the race and be in the lead.

Very little separated two evenly matched teams who were locked at 1-1 in the overall series when disaster struck Artemis and virtually handed the Kiwis the match.

Burling didn't think Artemis would be ahead 2-1 if Outteridge hadn't gone into the drink, saying the team's cycling grinders were still on top of their game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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