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.
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