Artemis Racing overcame a collision with an umpire boat to win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda in dramatic fashion today in the Great Sound.
The catamaran and boat collided at the start of the second race, forcing the race to be delayed and Artemis to cut away their code zero sail.
If anything the setback only served to inspire Artemis, and the Swedish team flew out to a big lead at the re-start as they won the second race ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand, with Oracle Team USA in third.
“We owned that start,” Nathan Outteridge, the Artemis skipper, said immediately afterwards. “I’ve never seen the guys so pumped up.”
Artemis had the best day overall yesterday, and were only denied a win in the opening race by some excellent sailing from Oracle, who pipped them on the line with a dramatic last turn.
Still, the Swedish challenger needed to finish ahead of Oracle in the final race to win the overall regatta and did just that, rolling the American team on the final run to the finish line.
Emirates Team New Zealand dominated that race, winning to maintain their lead at the top of the overall standings
Meanwhile, a second and first today saw Emirates Team New Zealand maintain the overall lead on the World Series leaderboard. The win represented something of a comeback for the New Zealand team, who finished fifth in a first race that Oracle won, with Land Rover BAR third.
The British team’s hopes of winning the regatta were all but ended in the second race when a mistake saw them slip from first to fifth, a position they never recovered from, and even a second place in the final race was not enough to lift them on to the podium.
Artemis won the regatta, finishing just two points ahead of New Zealand, with Oracle two points further back.
This story appeared in the Royal Gazette on October 18th, 2015