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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.)

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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.”