Posted by Bob Hillier - Line Honors on Jun 12th 2017
The Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs Final set - Artemis Racing facing Emirates Team New Zealand.
While ORACLE TEAM USA was disappointed to see SoftBank Team Japan eliminated, the focus now shifts to race one of the two teams who are left.
Tactician Andrew Campbell says the two-time defender of the America's Cup will be watching the final races of the challenger playoffs with a keen eye.
Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand face off this weekend and the first team to win five points becomes the challenger who will race ORACLE TEAM USA in the America's Cup starting June 17.
"They're both really strong teams and they're going to battle to make sure they get through," Campbell says.
"We've been watching both teams very closely. We know they're strong... Artemis has shown they're strong uprange in the breeze and the Kiwis are crisp and have some of the best boat-handling of anyone."
Campbell says the adjustments and changes ORACLE TEAM USA is making over these final training days give the team confidence no matter who comes through to the Match.
"We might have some stengths or weaknesses against each of these teams and we might adjust accordinginly. But the changes we're making to make out boat faster have the full confidence of the sailing and design team.
"We're going to put our best foot forward no matter who we're racing against."
Tom Slingsby, tactician on ORACLE TEAM USA during racing this summer adds he thinks both teams sail better when they're confident.
"They're both emotional teams and they ride on confidence," he says. "I think whoever wins the first race or two could dominate the event."
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