Sunday, August 7, 2011

Artemis Racing Team Update from Cascais

7 August 2011

The ACWS didn’t disappoint today as spectators lining the shore watched the fastest boats, sailed by the world’s best sailors, here in Cascais.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing 
With winds of up to 20 knots and clear blue skies, the setting was perfect for a long fleet race, followed by three speed trials for the AC45s. The crew of five onboard Artemis Racing worked intensely, with minimal recovery time, throughout the 45 minute race.

“We battled today,” said Skipper Terry Hutchinson. “We didn’t get the best start in the fleet race, which put us in a difficult spot. It was a day of getting whipped. These are the days that we’ll learn from as we move forward.”

ORACLE Racing Coutts won today’s fleet race, stealing victory from Emirates Team New Zealand after a member of the crew fell overboard. The Kiwis did their best to hang on, but Coutts managed to grind down the shorthanded New Zealand crew just a few hundred meters from the finish, giving the American team victory in the race and second place overall, with Sweden’s Artemis Racing in third spot for the ACWS preliminaries.

After hauling out the AC45 (which is a full team effort) the sailing team debriefed and caught up with teammates in Cowes before heading to tonight’s crew barbeque.

Racing continues on Wednesday.

Artemis Racing Team Media

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