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Speed gives Outteridge reason to believe

The loss of a match they should have won aside, Nathan Outteridge found plenty of positives in his team's performance at the 35th America's Cup yesterday.

Outteridge, the Artemis Racing skipper, is ready to put the defeat by Emirates Team New Zealand behind him as the teams enter the second phase of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers.

The Swedes will get an immediate chance to right that wrong when they face Peter Burling and New Zealand in the first race today.

Artemis were penalised twice yesterday, the first time at the start line, and Outteridge was pleased with the way the team recovered; helped in no small part by the four-knot advantage they held over New Zealand going upwind. “We would have loved the point, but I think the important thing for us is to focus on the second round robin,” Outteridge said afterwards.

“We thought that our boat was going pretty quick.

“It was pretty hard after getting the penalty at the start to get back in the race and I think there are two big things that we can take away from today. One is that our boat is going pretty fast, especially in those conditions, to be able to reel them in and have a good fight.

“The second thing is that I thought the guys physically on board were doing a great job. It was tough conditions out there and not once were we limited in our manoeuvring.

“We had plenty of oil, as we all know is very important in these boats, and I think we've got a very good craft underneath us. We just need to get some mistakes out of our racing.”

With the lead changing hands ten times over the course of a nip-and-tuck affair, Artemis looked like they had done enough to win a point that would have drawn them level with New Zealand and Land Rover BAR.

Outteridge, however, declined to lay the blame for the loss on the wrongly awarded penalty.

“Had we stuck a couple of extra gybes today, racing could have been very different,” he said.

“Peter [Burling, the New Zealand helmsman] would probably say the same about those guys.

“Nobody sailed perfectly today, and we need to show up tomorrow [Tuesday] and sail much better.”

Nathan Outteridge, skipper of Artemis Racing (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 30, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 30, 2017 at 1:27 am)

Speed gives Outteridge reason to believe

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