Artemis to Pass on Opening Cup Races

Artemis Racing, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA

Artemis Racing, Sweden’s entry in the 34th America’s Cup, will not be ready for the opening races of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series that start on July 7 due to boat repair and other issues.

On May 9, the Alameda Point-based racing team was practicing on its 72-foot catamaran when the boat capsized. Andrew “Bart” Simpson of Britain died, apparently after he became trapped under the wreckage.

Team Artemis says its AC72 should be ready to race in late July. “When the sailing team is satisfied that the boat can be pushed hard in race conditions, it will join the competition,” the group said in a statement.

“We are working around-the-clock to get our new boat ready, in the water and to prepare our team to race” explained Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing. “We still have a mountain to climb, but our plan is to launch our new boat in early July and get ourselves in a position where we can race by the end of the month.”

Janet Levaux