Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Artemis Ace It at ACWS Plymouth

Lighter breezes and sunny skies were in order for the first day for the Match Racing Championship of the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth. Artemis Racing took victory in two of the day’s three fleet races.
Photo: ©2011 ACEA/Ricardo Pinto
The teams proved their salt in playing a more subtle, tactical game in the lighter shiftier winds. Terry Hutchinson and Artemis Racing were on the top of their game while some of the newer teams really stood out.

“We're getting more confident in our starting and putting our boat in some good spots,” Hutchinson said. “All in all it was just a good day. Boat speed is a good thing and it looks like we're going pretty fast.”
Photo: ©2011 ACEA/Ricardo Pinto
Energy Team led for a good part of the first race before Artemis Racing charged ahead towards the finish. In the second race Team Korea excelled, moving through the fleet to overtake Emirates Team New Zealand for a morale-boosting victory.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin_Raget
“We had a good sequence with the wind shifts,” Chris Draper, Skipper Team Korea. “With the course boundary, if you get out of sequence it’s hard to get back into it.”
Photo: ©2011 ACEA/Ricardo Pinto
Emirates Team New Zealand broke the start along with Aleph, and both teams were forced to restart and then try to catchup. ETNZ's Dean Barker and his crew found some great gusts and wind shifts to haul themselves right back into the race to finish second behind Artemis Racing, in one of the more standout performances of the day.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin_Raget
Both of the ORACLE Racing teams struggled too finish in fifth and six place overall. James Spithill and his crew led for part of the first race before dropping to third, in what was their best result of the day.

The two teams who spent most of last night making various repairs to their boats ahead of today’s racing – China Team and Green Comm Racing – trail the leaderboard.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin_Raget
“We were happy to be back on the water after yesterday's nasty capsize and we worked as hard as we could,” said China Team skipper Charlie Ogletree. “We were a little slow today. Condition today were much different (from the weekend) and the other teams figured out better tactics to handle it.”

The seeding races for the Plymouth Match Racing Championship continue on Thursday, with three fleet races scheduled. Racing begins at 14:10 local time (GMT+1).

Lulu Roseman


Place


Team


RACE #1




RACE #2




RACE #3




TOTAL POINTS






Place


Points


Place


Points


Place


Points




1


Artemis Racing


1


10


4


7


1


10


27


2


Emirates Team New Zealand


4


7


2


9


2


9


25


3


Team Korea


6


5


1


10


3


8


23


4


Energy Team


2


9


7


4


4


7


20


5


ORACLE Racing Coutts


5


6


3


8


5


6


20


6


ORACLE Racing Spithill


3


8


5


6


6


5


19


7


Aleph


7


4


6


5


9


3


12


8


China Team


8


3


8


3


8


3


9


9


Green Comm Racing


DSQ


0


9


3


7


4


7

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