SoftBank Team Japan Exits 35th AC

Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby

Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby

Sweden's Team Artemis completed its remarkable comeback to eliminate SoftBank Team Japan from the America's Cup Challenger semifinal series on Friday and set up a showdown with Emirates Team New Zealand.

Owned by Swedish billionaire Torbjorn Tornqvist and led by Olympic gold medalists Nathan Outteridge of Australia and Iain Percy of Britain, Artemis beat SoftBank Team Japan by 13 seconds on Bermuda's Great Sound to clinch the series at 5-3.

Artemis will now battle it out against Emirates Team New Zealand in the final series beginning Saturday to decide which team will face defending champions Oracle Team USA.

"We wouldn't have been in as good a shape as it was today, that's for sure", he said when asked if they could have raced on Thursday. I think if we can just keep the momentum going that will be our best chance moving forward.

“Once I resurfaced, I looked up made a little prayer and wished the guys the best of luck.”.

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

Outteridge was left stranded in the water, from where he was later picked up by a support boat.

The challenger final resumes on Sunday with three more races.

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The Team Sweden helmsman slid off his ACC boat and ended up in the water during the third race of today's opening round of the America's Cup challenger final. These boats are turning quite quickly and in an effort to get crew weight up quite quickly out of the tack, we sprint across.

Asked if he felt Team New Zealand could win the Louis Vuitton Cup and earn the right to take on Oracle Team USA again for the America's Cup, Burling didn't back away.

"It was a bit of a shame. we figured out why they had slowed down, when we sailed past him on the run".

"Once they got in front it was always going to be hard to claw it back", said Barker, who said he hoped the SoftBank Team would return to challenge in the next America's Cup.

Team New Zealand had just pulled ahead of Artemis when Outteridge took a swim.

Artemis led at the start of all three races.

"That was obviously the key moment", an elated Outteridge said of the way the race unfolded in high winds and choppy seas.

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