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New Zealand Book America’s Cup Grudge Match with USA

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By Rebecca Bradbury  15 June 2017

Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand squad has earned a rematch against ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda with a convincing victory over Artemis Racing in the final match of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

Leading 4-2 at the start of the day, needing just one more race win to finish the first-to-five tie, the Kiwis achieved it on the second attempt at racing – the first try having to be abandoned due to light winds.

Winning the start, Emirates Team New Zealand showed blazing speed, extending around the race course for what appeared to be an easy race win and a date in the final America’s Cup Match against the USA side.

The final, starting on 17th June, will be a highly contested battle given the clash between the two teams four years ago at the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco when the US side came back from 8-1 down to win 9-8.  

Emirates Team New Zealand celebrate on catamaran after winning the 2017 America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs
Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing go head to head in the 2017 America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs
Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing go head to head in the 2017 America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs
Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing go head to head in the 2017 America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs

Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling, however, wasn’t on the defeated 2013 squad. In fact, the only holdover on the starting crew is wing trimmer and skipper Glenn Ashby, and the 2017 Emirates Team New Zealand doesn’t appear to be scarred from that experience.    

At a post-race press conference, Ashby said, “I think the lessons we learned in San Francisco has made us stronger going forwards. The team has been re-built from the ground up and what has been created is a stronger unit than we’ve ever seen before. The motivation going forwards is certainly there.”

In the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, the first team to earn seven points will be victorious, taking home the ‘Auld Mug’. The final day of racing is expected to be on Sunday 25th June.

Also coming up in Bermuda is the final of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, which takes place today, and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, due to start on 20th June on the Great Sound.

The final will be a highly contested battle given their clash at the 34th America’s Cup when the Americans came back from 8-1 down to win 9-8

America's Cup trophy stands on Louis Vuitton suitcase in beautiful Bermudan bay

A number of charter yachts will be providing front row seats to the action when it kicks off at the weekend. If you are interested in a last-minute charter or would like to rent a luxury yacht in Bermuda, please speak to your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, view all luxury yachts available for charter in Bermuda.


 
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