Artemis AC Team Upbeat on Recent Series

Artemis Racing, the Alameda-based team competing in the recent 45-foot America’s Cup World Series in San Francisco, issued its take on the latest competition.

Artemis Racing is the official Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup. It represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) and now calls a hangar near the Bladium Sports Club on Alameda Point its Bay Area home.

In the fleet race of Aug. 26, Skipper Terry Hutchinson “had a brilliant start and led the fleet for the first three legs before catching an anchor rode on the downwind near Fort Mason, which cost Artemis Racing–White valuable places. Luna Rossa–Piranha moved into the lead and stretched to win, with ORACLE Team USA–Spithill just a split second behind. Artemis Racing–White wrapped up the event 3rd overall in the Match Racing and 6th in the Fleet Racing, while Artemis Racing–Red was 9th in the fleet racing,” according to the team’s website.

“Some highlights followed by some low lights, unfortunately. So, we have to continue to trust in ourselves and trust that we have the right process in place. We put a lot of effort into getting off the start line leading up to this event, but all in all a bit disappointed having the start we had today. There’s a lot of work to do and I can’t say enough about the effort on board. We have some more technique development to work on,” said Hutchinson after the fleet race.

The sailing team returned to the Island after the Aug. 26 races, and now design and shore teams are putting the finishing touches on the AC72, the 72-foot catamarans.

AC45 action will return to Marina Green from Oct. 2-6 for the next Ameria’s Cup World Series event, which takes place during Fleet Week.

During the recent series, plenty of boats left their berths in Alameda’s many marinas to head across San Francisco Bay and enjoy the races. On Aug. 25, some local sailors at Marina Village complained about fog. But the fog cleared on Aug. 26, which prompted many Island-based yachts to leave the docks in search of good viewing spots to watch Sunday’s competition.

Janet Levaux