America's Cup opening day postponed
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 7:09
In the afternoon's first race, ORACLE TEAM USA, made a solid start to the competition, enjoying a commanding victory over Groupama Team France.
"The boat is getting quicker every day and we just need to keep that going", Spithill added. We talk a lot more frankly to one another than we did back then, but in terms of all the stuff away from sailing it was very amicable back then and it still is now.
However, they did not have it all their own way as they had to battle back from behind against Dean Barker's team as SoftBank Team Japan gained the better momentum out of the start box, leading going into mark 1. "It is one of the most attractive places in the world and the Bermudians have been incredibly friendly and are very proud".
BAR lost both of their races to Team New Zealand and Team USA on the opening day in Bermuda, and copped a penalty for this misdemeanour. Groupama Team France is led by Frenchman Franck Cammas.
The opening match-ups will see Team USA against Team France, Artemis Racing against Team Japan, France versus the Peter Burling-skippered Team New Zealand, and Artemis against Britain's Land Rover BAR. The projected "starting six" for Oracle Team USA includes just one American - grinder Cooper Dressler of Coronado, California, across the bay from San Diego.
"We are approaching this to win, that's our goal", said Spithill.
Nathan Outteridge outfoxed fellow Australian skipper James Spithill as his Swedish America's Cup team Artemis Racing handed defending champions Oracle Team USA their first loss of the regatta.
The British syndicate came into the qualifiers with two bonus points from the America's Cup World Series, from which Team USA brought one point.
The 45-strong shore team worked through the night to get the 50ft catamaran fit for racing on Monday, repairs that would normally take two or three months as they cut away almost 20ft of carbon-fibre casing and aluminium honeycomb "filling". "So I can be proud of our team, and where we have come from and the potential we have to move forwards, this is hugely positive for the team".
Oracle has capsized twice in the last month and Ainslie ran into the back of Team New Zealand's boat in a practice race, causing damage that took three days to fix. "And that you can come back from quite a distance".
Should Land Rover BAR navigate their way through to the America's Cup showdown, which starts from June 17, their chances of success in Bermuda will rely heavily on the relationship between helmsman Ainslie and Scott. 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.
"We had a few tiny issues onboard and I misjudged the entry, but that happens", said Burling on his pre-start error which led to a penalty.