Artemis Ends America’s Cup Push

Artemis Race 4

Saturday marked the fourth and final race for Alameda-based Artemis Racing, when Luna Rossa — also based in Alameda, but with its boat docked in San Francisco since July — defeated the Swedes 4-0 in the best-of-seven series.

The team crossed the finish line 2 minutes and 11 seconds behind Italy’s Luna Rossa.

“For us as a team, to be in the Semi Finals and to race, that was a win,” said Torbjörn Törnqvist, chairman of Artemis Racing, in a press release.

The final race was held three months and one day after the tragic death of Artemis crew member Bart Simpson, who perished when the team’s first AC72 catamaran flipped and broke apart, pinning him under the wreckage.

Earlier in the day, an emotional group of Alameda residents, crew, Swedes living in the Bay Area and others gathered at Alameda Point (shown below) to wish Team Artemis good luck before the started the fourth race in the Louis Vuitton semi-finals.

AC at AP Race 4

(Top photo courtesy of Thomas Burke.)


Artemis Improve Performance But Loses to Luna Rossa in Race 3

Artemis AC 3

Artemis Racing staged its best performance yet in an AC72, but still came up 1 minutes and 18s seconds short of fellow Alameda-based Louis Vuitton semi-final rival Luna Rossa.

The Swedes were able to complete most of their gybes, or turns, as foiling gybes, in comparison to race 1 and 2 where none were completed. Each non-foiling gybe can cost a team 6-10 seconds, according to Team Artemis.

Skipper Iain Percy said that he was pleased with the team’s performance. “We upped our game hugely today, but the bad news was so did Luna Rossa. It’s sudden death now, but we like that pressure, it just adds to the fun,” he explained in a press release.

And the pressure is on. “We need to win one tomorrow and four on the trot. I know everyone on our team will rise to the challenge, and we look forward to it,” Percy added.

Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals race 4 will be held at 1: 15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, in a best-of-seven series that Luna Rossa leads 3-0.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Contra Costa Times/Bay Area News Group


Luna Rossa Defeats Artemis in Race 2

artemis race 2

The two Alameda-based rivals in the Louis Vuitton Cup faced off against each other today in light winds in the second of a best-of-seven series.

For Artemis, the start was another good one, but the Swedes lost the race overall by 2 minutes and 6 seconds to Luna Rossa of Italy — a time difference very similar to that of Tuesday.

The Italian team’s 72-foot catamaran is able to lift out of the water and ride on hydrofoils, while Artemis hasn’t been able to do the same with its foiling boat, leaving it in second place for a second day in a row.

Race 3 is set for 1:15 p.m. Friday, giving both times a day to practice on the racecourse.

(Photo Courtesy of Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


Time to Share School Supplies

School Supplies

There are still more than two weeks left of summer for Alameda’s public school students. Volunteers, though, are working to help all pupils have a great start to the new school year and are asking for donations from the community before the kids go back to class.

About 1,000 students need community assistance to be ready to learn, according to the Alameda Education Foundation, which organized the backpack-giveaway program in cooperation with several other non-profit groups. The groups would like to collect a large quantity of needed school supplies by Aug. 12-19, so they can distribute the filled backpacks before school starts. (Donations will be accepted after that deadline, volunteers note.)

“Students need to be ready to go on day one with all the supplies they need,” said Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation and a former principal, in a press release. “If a student falls behind, they may never catch up.”

AEF is working with Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Head Start, Girls Inc. of the Island City, Alameda Unified School District and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families to assemble, organize and distribute the needed school supplies.

“Low-income families struggle enough just to provide food, shelter and clothing for their children,” said Doug Biggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative, in a statement. “They often lack the resources to buy school supplies, putting their children at risk of falling further behind their more affluent peers.”

Last year, some 900 students received filled backpacks through this program. Cash donations were used to buy 90 graphing calculators for math departments at Alameda high schools.

The following new items are being collected:
Pencils, #2
3 hole punch rulers
Agenda/Student Planners
Binder paper (college ruled)
Binder paper (wide ruled)
Binders (1” hardcover 3-ring)
Crayons (Crayola)
Erasers, pink
Glue – white
Glue sticks
Hand Sanitizer (small bottle)
Highlighter pens
Index cards
Tissue packet(s)
Markers, broad tip
Markers, thin tip
Mechanical Pencils
Notebooks (college-ruled spiral bound, perforated)
Notebooks (wide-ruled spiral bound, perforated)
Pencil Leads
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils, colored
Pens – blue
Pens – red
Pocket Folders
Scissors, adult
Scissors, blunt
Subject dividers
Musical instruments (used okay*)

Some of the larger drop-off locations are:
South Shore Center Court during Summer Beats Concerts–from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 17 and 31
Alameda Boys & Girls Club 1900 3rd Street
Alameda Municipal Power 2000 Grand Street
Alameda Police Department 1555 Oak Street
Bank of Alameda – Park Street 1416 Park Street
Bank of Alameda – South Shore 2130 Otis Drive
Coffee & Tea Traders 883 Island Drive
Financial Benefits Credit Union 1528 Webster Street
Harbor Bay Club 200 Packet Landing Road
Lilac Boutique 1918 Encinal Avenue
Main Library 1550 Oak Street
Towne Cleaners 2215 South Shore Center #B
Tucker’s Ice Cream 1349 Park Street

Supplies may be dropped off at any of these Park Street businesses from Aug.1–19:
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique 1419 Park Street
Bead Inspirations 1544 Park Street
C&M Upholstery and Fabrics 1211 Park Street
Gallagher & Lindsey 2424 Central Avenue
Julie’s Coffee and Tea 1223 Park Street
Lee Auto (NAPA Auto Parts) 1525 Park Street
Luna Longstockings 1231 #B Park Street
Monkey Bars 1339 Park Street
Park Street Plaza 1419 Park Street
Progressive Education Center 1361 Park Street, Suite 210
Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Avenue
Scott’s Shoes 1330 Park Street #B
Second Home 2524 Santa Clara Avenue
The Child Unique Montessori School 2226 Encinal Avenue
The Clothes Line 1407 1/2 Park Street
The Marketplace 1650 Park Street
The Sewing Room and Style Lounge 2434 Webb Avenue
Tucker’s Ice Cream 1349 Park Street

Financial support also is requested and can be sent to Alameda Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94501.

Photo Courtesy of Alameda Education Foundation


Artemis Competes in First AC72 Race

artemis race 1

The two Alameda-based competitors in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup raced against each other today for the first time, with Luna Rossa beating Artemis Racing in the first of the best-of-seven Semi-Final series.

According to Team Artemis, winds were in the 15-18 knot range. Artemis Racing won the start and led at the first mark with a top speed of 39 knots. After that, though, the Italians moved and stayed ahead of their Swedish rivals.

“Luna Rossa demonstrated today the value of time on the water; the result is consistent communication and solid maneuvers,” Artemis Racing said in a press release. “Artemis raced today with just eight days [of] training in their foiling AC72 compared to Luna Rossa with over 70 days. However, at the end of today’s race there was a two-minute separation, making it the closest race so far in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup.”

Artemis skipper Iain Percy shared, in a statement, that the experience was “nothing but a complete success. Two months ago our goal was to complete a race, we did that and then some. We sailed our best sailing day by quite a considerable margin today. Nathan absolutely nailed the start and we couldn’t have asked for more.”

(Photo Courtesy of Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


Outdoor Painting Show at South Shore

Plein Air-Marina

You’ve probably seen several dozen artists around town painting scenes of life on the Island this week.

They’ll share these outdoor-focused works of art today (August 3) at South Shore Center as part of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ eighth-annual Plein Air Paintout Art Exhibit and Sale. At 1 p.m., several awards will be given to artists who’ve been selected for outstanding work in a variety of media.

“We’ve brought 40 artists together from all over the United States to Alameda for this event,” said Doug Perry, director of communications for the organization. “They were encouraged to paint on the street and wherever they felt drawn to paint within the city limits.”

Though about one-fourth of the artists are Alamedans, “This is really a national event,” Perry explained. “The artists had to apply and go through a jury. They are very qualified and competent, with portfolios of work to show for themselves.”

Many artists choose to paint buildings, streetscapes, boats docked at a marina or other themes. “This year, Team Artemis said they’d let us know when their America’s Cup catamaran was set to be on the water,” explained Perry, “which is really exciting.” Another popular spot for painting this year, he said, is the egret-nesting area on Bay Farm.

“We rely on the sale of art made during the Plein Air Paintout as our most important source of funds,” he noted. “Right now, for instance, we need to replace our roof. The Perforce Software Foundation has given us $5,000 for the work, but we need to raise about $10,000 more.”

After the sale end this afternoon, the exhibit then will be moved to the Frank Bette gallery at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Paru Street, where it will be shown through Sept. 28. A reception kicks off the show from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 9, when many of the artists will be present.


Victorian-Themed Event Comes to Town

Lincoln Park, 1450 High Street, is the setting for a special event put on by PEERS, Period Events & Entertainment, today in town.

In an area near Lincoln Park’s rose garden, folks from all over the Bay Area are participating in a pre-Raphaelite artists’ picnic dance from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local residents are invited to drop by, and they are encouraged to dress in Victorian clothing, i.e., that of the 1850-1900 period, when hats, bonnets, parasols and Sunday shoes for outdoor dancing were the norm.

Guests are asked to bring their own picnic lunch, which everyone will join at at 11 a.m.

A formal dance follows from 1 to 4 p.m., with Victorian ballroom dance music provided by Bangers & Mash. The group will play waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, reels, country dances, Lancers and more; the dances will be led by instructors.

Donations to support the organization will be accepted.