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.)

Janet Levaux