dglobalnews.com America's Cup team 'nearly sank' after huge collision on Day 1
Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

America's Cup team 'nearly sank' after huge collision on Day 1

America's Cup team 'nearly sank' after huge collision on Day 1

Three races are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, with Artemis facing Emirates Team New Zealand once more while Groupama face holders Oracle.

The overall victor will collide against Oracle Team USA in a best of 13 races in the finals.

It was not all bad news for the U.S. crew, however, with a win in the head-to-head between former team mates Jimmy Spithill and Land Rover BAR skipper Ben Ainslie.

But while Land Rover BAR showed good speed, the US crew's tactician Tom Slingsby made a shrewd call on the third leg of the seven leg course and Oracle Team USA were able to pass their British opponents and produce a convincing win.

Barker was at the helm, when New Zealand capitulated to Oracle at the 2013 America's Cup off San Francisco and now finds himself in allegiance with the Americans in this latest regatta.

Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling has praised opponents Artemis after a controversial penalty gave his side a close win in America's Cup qualifying this morning.

Groupama Team France earned a victory against the strong Artemis Racing team, putting their first point on the board in the Qualifiers.

“When you look at the conditions, its no surprise at all that either team could have been a long way ahead, ” he said.

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After taking responsibility last week's collision with Team New Zealand, Ainslie has been criticised for reckless sailing.

"It is a very good feeling for the whole team, we have been waiting two years for that feeling", said Franck Cammas after his team's victory in their only race of the day.

The variable winds over the Great Sound racecourse came to the fore in race 10, as Artemis Racing prevailed in a topsy-turvy battle against ORACLE TEAM USA. “Its just a shame we couldnt repay that work with some wins today, ” he said. "We actually made quite a lot of them, especially early on in the first two starts".

There was no sign of the damage suffered by BAR yesterday and fears that they had re-damaged the hull against Team USA early on day two provide unfounded.

Oracle recovered from a bad start against Land Rover BAR and passed the Brits about halfway through the race.

"We were a bit shocked when the blue light came on", he said. "I think our shore crew are looking forward to when Ben's going to bring some beers down".

Emirates Team New Zealand beat Japan by 33 seconds and Britain by 1:28.

"It didn't happen last night so I'm guessing he'll probably to it tonight".

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