The 12-metre yacht 'Australia' came a step nearer to becoming the challenger for the America's Cup when she beat Sweden's 'Sverige' for the second time in two days, at Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday (27 August).
GV: Australia leading followed by Sverige coming round the buoy marker (3 shots)
GV: spectators on boat watching.
GV: Australia going round marker.
GV: Sverige coming round maker following Australia.
AERIAL VIEW: pilot ship and marker ZOOM BACK TO show Australia heading towards finishing line
AERIAL VIEW: Australia crossing finishing line. (2 shots)
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Background: The 12-metre yacht 'Australia' came a step nearer to becoming the challenger for the America's Cup when she beat Sweden's 'Sverige' for the second time in two days, at Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday (27 August).
SYNOPSIS: Unlike the previous encounter between the two yachts on Thursday (25 August) the first race of the best-of seven final series to find the challenger - Australia established early lead and went on to score a relatively easy victory. On Thursday, it was ding-dong battle from start to finish with the lead changing twice.
Australia, skippered by Noel Robbins, maintained the lead at all the turning marks with Sverige, captained by Pelle Petterson, trailing behind. On Thursday, the Australia had to put up a great fight to win the race after conceding a 3.54 minute lead to her rival at one stage.
Sverige is the first Swedish contender for the America's Cup since yachting's most coveted trophy - known as the 'Old Mug' was instituted 126 years ago. The united States has never lost it since the inception of the race. A series of trials fro foreign yachts have been taking place this summer and the eventual winner will have the right to meet the American defender. On Friday (26 August), in the American Cup defenders trials, Courageous, sailed by Ted turner, beat Independence, captained by Ted Hood. Courageous seems to be heading for selection as the US defender of the cup.
On saturday (27 August) australia beat the Swedish boat by 25 seconds. They will resume battle on Monday (29 August )when Sverige will be hoping to cut Australia's lead.