Thursday, August 8, 2013

Artemis Struggle In Light Air - Artemis Racing Race Report

Cheered on by a crowd of supporters, Artemis Racing left Alameda for their second race in the best-of-seven Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final series. Today's winds were significantly lighter than yesterday, at 13-15 knots, with 0.7 knots of flood tide. Towards the end of the match the wind died down and became shifty at the eastern end of the race course making foiling more difficult.
Photo: © Artemis Racing/ Sander van der Borch
The two AC72's were near even at the start of the race with Artemis Racing crossing the line just ahead of Luna Rossa Challenge and keeping to the inside of the course to the first mark rounding. However, the Italians overtook the Swedes on the first gybe, proving again how important foiling gybes are to downwind performance. The Artemis Racing team kept their focus on communication and tactics and made significant gains on the upwind legs.
Photo: © Artemis Racing/ Sander van der Borch
The last upwind leg proved the most beneficial to the Swedish team. After a tactical call made by skipper Iain Percy, helmsman Nathan Outteridge steered the boat to the left hand side of the course to catch a shift at the high end of the wind spectrum and sail the boat higher and faster to the last upwind gate. Artemis Racing were able to shave one minute off the Italian's lead with this move.
Photo: © Artemis Racing/ Sander van der Borch
“It was evident that they foil better in lighter breeze. The wind was down to six knots at some points. If we had more time sailing the boat we would know more about which settings to use in lighter wind. We haven’t sailed much below 14 knots so from that standpoint it was quite difficult,” Helmsman Nathan Outteridge said.

Tomorrow is a non-race day and the sailing team will be out on the water practicing their crew maneuvers and foiling gybes in preparation for Race 3 which will be held on Friday August 9th at 13:15 PST.

Today's Crew List: Iain Percy (skipper/tactician), Nathan Outteridge (helmsman), Curtis Blewett (pit), Andy Fethers (pit), Chris Brittle (grinder), Julien Cressant (grinder), Craig Monk (grinder), Sean Clarkson (grinder), Thierry Fouchier (jib trim), Iain Jensen (wing trim), Rodney Ardern (wing assist).

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