Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

  • Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

Artemis skipper falls overboard in Cup challenger finals

"Before Nath went off it was shaping up to be a really close top mark", said Burling, himself an Olympic gold and silver medalist who went head-to-head with Outteridge in the London and Rio Games. "It's pretty hard when any person goes overboard to get these boats around the track".

Outteridge had outsmarted his long-standing rival Peter Burling at the start and the crew of six elite sailors managed to fend off New Zealand's repeated attempts to pass them.

"I just hoped the boys could finish the race without me then I was nervous Pete was going to run me over, he was coming straight for me but eventually we made eye contact and he missed me by a boat width", Outteridge said.

"It's been a few days since we've sailed in this breeze so for ourselves we're going to do a little bit of sailing off the course here now".

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

Nathan Outteridge (right) fell off his Artemis Racing boat.

"In that last race we knew what we had to do to win and I think the guys did an unbelievable job to get the boat around the course". Just as I was crossing, we straightened the turn, which had me sliding down the aft beam.

Outteridge had been having an excellent day, winning the start against Burling in all three races, but thanks to his dip, and another error in the first race, his team now find themselves behind.

"It's the first time it's happened to myself or to probably many people in these boats and I don't think it will be the last, either", Outteridge said.

Moving from one hull to the other on the America's Cup cats appears to be a risky business.

The victor of the first-to-five series will go on to challenge America's Cup holder Oracle Team USA next week. "If there is an opportunity I will", he said.

Artemis look the likely opponent after sweeping Japan in all three races today to take a 4-3 lead.

As predicted, the series is developing into an incredibly tight fight, and with light winds forecast for tomorrow both crews will face a whole new range of challenges.