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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Make or Break Time For Artemis Racing

Having failed to score a win in the first three races of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals against Italian team Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing must win today's fourth race to stay alive in this best of seven race series.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
The forecast is for west sou 'westerly winds of 13-18 knots conditions, overcast morning skies then partly cloudy with a top temperature of 19C. 
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
While the Swedish team has closed the gap on Luna Rossa by finishing just one minute and 18 seconds behind in yesterday's race, the Italian team are not counting their chickens before they hatch. Both teams are improving with every race but Artemis need to win today if they want to stay in the game.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
“They’re getting quicker and quicker every day. We need to keep focused and race well,” said Luna Ross Skipper Max Sirena.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Artemis Racing will enter the pre-start on the port tack and Luna Rossa on starboard. Artemis, with hot shot Aussie Nathan Outteridge on the wheel, won the first two starts of the series, but Luna Rossa's helmsman Chris Draper clawed one back yesterday.
Photo: Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing Team
“We love being here. We really enjoy the sailing, it’s a fantastic venue and great boats,” said Iain Percy, Artemis Racing Skipper. “Let’s hope it’s not just one more day. We’re going to put everything into today’s race and we’re really looking forward to it. I think everyone in our team is looking forward to the challenge.”

Lulu Roseman

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