Emirates Team New Zealand Wins Gothenburg event
Published: Monday, 31 August 2015
Skipper Glenn Ashby and Emirates Team New Zealand claimed the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in Gothenburg.
(Photos: Gilles Martin Raget/ACEA 2015)
With light and shifty conditions, the Kiwis posted a 2-1 scoreline in the two double-point races. Oracle Team USA came in second with Land Rover BAR finishing third.
“It was a tricky afternoon, but our guys had a forecast for it being light like this for quite a few days, so we’ve been preparing for it since we arrived,” Burling said. “We’re really happy to put together two solid races today and to perform under pressure in that last one is very satisfying.”
Saturday’s leader, ORACLE Team USA, came into the day on the back of a perfect scoreline in the first two races. Sunday left the crew with a different story. Two fourth place finishes dropped the defending champion of the America’s Cup to second place.
“We’re disappointed,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “We were having a very difficult time speed-wise and with our technique in the lighter winds. We felt good when the breeze was up and we were on the foils. So we have to get back to work.”
Land Rover BAR won the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series on home waters in Portsmouth. Two second place finishes on Saturday had the team poised for another top finish, but a poor start in the last race put the team in third place.
“It’s frustrating,” admitted Ainslie. “But that’s the nature of the sport. We’re pleased to be on the podium. We got past Artemis Racing and nearly caught ORACLE Team USA at the end, so that was important. In these conditions you need to get a good start and we didn’t do that. It’s hard to work your way back after that. I thought the Kiwis sailed a brilliant second race and deserved to get the win.”
SoftBank Team Japan was in fourth place, with a strong final race giving a boost to the team’s confidence heading into the next event in Bermuda.
“The goal today was to get better starts and get around the first mark in good shape and we did that,” said skipper Dean Barker. “It didn’t translate into the results we wanted in the first race, but in the second race today, we nailed it.
Another team looking for positive signs was Groupama Team France, who raced without regular tactician Arnaud Psarofaghis, on a day that called for good tactics.
“It was good to finish third in the last race,” says skipper Franck Cammas. “It’s taken a long time to find a good mode for sailing downwind and that’s held us back. Today was tactically tricky. Even if you start well, the game comes after the start. But we managed the tactics with Thierry Fouchier and myself and we had a bit more time to think because the wind was light.”
The day started well for the hometown heroes on Artemis Racing, who have struggled to put together consistently good results. An inspiring win in the first race was followed by a last place finish in the second.
The Swedish crew missed out on two practice races after a capsized boat during the official practice day. The crew remained safe and the boat suffered only minimal damage to the wing, which was repaired by race time.
The race to Bermuda continues to heat up as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series shifts to the home of the 2017 America’s Cup from October 16-18.
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg - Final Results:
Team - Points
Emirates Team NZ - 54
ORACLE TEAM USA - 48
Land Rover BAR - 46
SoftBank Team Japan - 43
Artemis Racing - 42
Groupama Team France 37
Overall standings at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series:
Team - Points
Emirates Team New Zealand - 72
Land Rover BAR - 65
ORACLE TEAM USA - 64
SoftBank Team Japan - 56
Artemis Racing - 53
Groupama Team France - 50