Emirates Team celebrating their win at Gothenburg in August 2015
Emirates Team New Zealand wins the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Gothenburg
Emirates Team New Zealand prevailed in the second World Series regatta of the 2017 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup cycle, as six foiling AC45 catamarans competed in Gothenburg, Sweden 28-30 August 2015.
The first race of the day the local favorites Artemis Racing got off to a strong start and by the bottom mark had picked up a puff which eluded the fleet and were away to take a significant win to put them right back in the hunt for the overall win after an indifferent first day. But it was the order of the following boats in race one which really set the foundation for a dramatic final race.
A pre-start penalty which, resulted in Emirates Team New Zealand being last off the start line they managed to graft their way back through the fleet to cross the finish line in 2nd, ahead of Land Rover BAR, Oracle Team USA.
The mathematical equation of this meant all three teams, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR & Oracle Team USA were all tied on points, and Artemis Racing just two points adrift setting up what was effectively a winner takes all final race between the four teams.
Oracle Team USA had a strong start but the key to the race and effectively winning the regatta came on leg 3, when Emirates Team New Zealand split from the leaders at the bottom gate.
Converging at the top mark, Emirates Team New Zealand rolled the Americans to round the top mark – closely in front of Softbank Team Japan.
Emirates Team New Zealand are the only team to have been in the top three in every race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series this year, and as a result have a seven point lead overall in the series, ahead of Land Rover BAR & Oracle Team USA.
RESULTS AFTER DAY TWO OF RACING IN GOTHENBURG
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 FOLLOWING THE FIRST
Emirates Team New Zealand – 72
Land Rover BAR – 65
ORACLE TEAM USA – 64
SoftBank Team Japan – 56
Artemis Racing – 53
Groupama Team France – 50