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)