High-octane America's Cup gets off to flying start
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 11:24
With days to go, Emirates Team New Zealand is now back on the water after a collision with Land Rover... Damage was sustained to both boats, with the Olympic legend's boat taking on water after the incident. He hit the dock while returning from practice March 22 and then ran into the back of Emirates Team New Zealand during a practice race May 16, causing significant damage that took the Kiwis three days to fix.
"When you start racing these boats, you make one mistake and it can cost you everything".
"The boat is pretty badly damaged, with a sizeable hole in the port hull", noted Land Rover BAR skipper, Sir Ben Ainslie.
"However, for me it was fantastic just to see us competing and up to speed with all of the others".
Land Rover BAR, who won the day's fourth race with a narrow 11-second victory over Sweden's more fancied Artemis Racing, ended on a low after suffering damage before the start in a collision with SoftBank Team Japan.
There's a British knight, a mob of Aussies even though there's no Australian team, a crew of New Zealanders looking for redemption and the now-familiar billionaire set.
"We were just a fraction slow to accelerate because we were close to the start line and they just got over the top of us", he said.
"This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and (we) appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sell-out crowd". "At 40 knots, you need room".
The Swedes, unaware of the penalty flag, raced to the finish line for a win that would have helped to erase the disappointment of the loss to France yesterday.
"However, I'm extremely proud of the way the whole team regrouped from that defeat and fixed everything in an nearly flawless race against ORACLE TEAM USA".
They must now race all opponents again, starting with Sweden's Artemis on Tuesday. That's the set-up of our boat, we have to live with that.
"We'll look at those areas closely and come back fighting tomorrow".
Team USA have five points followed by Emirates Team New Zealand and Land Rover BAR with three each.
Two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA won two of three races Sunday to take a two-point lead in the America's Cup qualifiers on Bermuda's Great Sound.
"The lads aren't happy tonight".
While the American defenders spot in the final is guaranteed, there is still something at stake for skipper Jimmy Spithill and his team-mates on board 17.
It was one of the most exciting America's Cup races in years.
"Going into this competition, I think a lot of seasoned observers had written us off, saying that we didn't have a chance". They started the day with one bonus point and added two more points after easily winning their two races.