Artemis Racing vs SoftBank Japan Racing

June 9, 2017

It is a day of destiny for rival helmsmen Nathan Outteridge and Dean Barker.

With only one berth left in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final, it promises to be yet another day of high drama on Bermuda’s Great Sound, as the pair are set to lock horns in their most decisive America’s Cup battle yet.

Outteridge and Barker went into Thursday’s races in very different positions; the former facing the very real prospect of his Artemis Racing team facing elimination from the 35th America’s Cup and the latter standing on the verge of his SoftBank Team Japan making history for Japan by seeing a Japanese team reach the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final for the first time ever.

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However, facing a 3-1 deficit following back-to-back defeats on Tuesday, Nathan Outteridge and Artemis Racing turned the tides, mounting an almighty comeback against their Japanese rivals, winning three races to take the score in their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals to 4-3.

The outcome of the dramatic turnaround? A highly anticipated  final-day decider between Outteridge and Barker, whose fate will be settled today.

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Outteridge and Artemis Racing head into the day firmly in the driving seat, knowing one more win would see them gain the required 5 points to progress into Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final against Emirates Team New Zealand.

In contrast, Dean Barker and his crew will have to draw on all of their experience and stay composed in the face of intense pressure, knowing only a victory will do in the day’s first battle to keep the dream alive of rewriting Japan’s history in the America’s Cup.

America’s Cup Bermuda June 9 2017 (3)

Should Barker achieve victory over Outteridge in the first of the two races scheduled on Friday, it will come down to one final winner-takes-all race to determine which team out of Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan will join Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final.

Race Schedule

  • Semi-Final 2 Race 8: Artemis Racing v. SoftBank Team Japan 2:08 pm
  • Semi-Final 2 Race 9*: Artemis Racing v. SoftBank Team Japan 3:00 pm

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