Team NZ in dominant position over Swedes


It wasn't without it's share of nervous moments however, as a gibe on the final leg of race two saw Team NZ nearly squander a comfortable lead, ultimately edging the Swedes across the line by a solitary second.

They are the three letters proving the difference for Team New Zealand in the America's Cup challenger final.

Outteridge slipped and flew off the boat as the six-man crew went through its quick, choreographed sprint to change sides while the 50-foot foiling catamaran was turning while going about 27 knots on the fifth of seven legs. "To get our boat around the track in the way we did and to take those couple of wins, is full credit to the whole team, and what they're willing to give to get the job done here". Iain Percy, Britain's double Olympic champion who heads up Artemis Racing as well as acting as grinder/tactician on the boat, had identified the pre-start as a weakness of New Zealand's. The America's Cup match starts Saturday.

They had a chance to book a spot in the America's Cup if they won all three races today but that didn't happen after Artemis took control from mark one to win the race four by 15 seconds.

Wind conditions were more favourable for the set-up Artemis had gone with in the first race on Monday but the eventually defeated Kiwi boat was able to push the Swedes all the way to the finish.

Emirates New Zealand are on the brink of securing their rematch with Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup final after another day in Bermuda when they proved impossible to beat once they had got their noses in front.

"It shows one little error and you are really struggling", New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling said in his televised on-the-water interview, adding that the mistake was down to "very poor comms on my behalf".

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

Holding a big lead coming into the last leg of the third race, a mistake by helmsman Peter Burling nearly let the Swedish boat through, before the Kiwis recovered to squeeze over the line just one second ahead.

"The team is excited about racing tomorrow", NZL Sailing Team skipper Logan Dunning Beck said.

“Weve done it before, ” Nathan Outteridge, the Artemis skipper, said.

But they managed to get back on their foils with Artemis in hot pursuit and get their bows across the finish line just in the nick of time.

"Our guys have been working super hard", Burling said.

"We've got good crossovers with these [boards] and the boards yesterday. but it was pretty hairy out there in that first race".