|Farewell, Artemis Racing|
Published: Friday, 16 August 2013 02:54
Swedish Crew based at Alameda Point has hopes sunk
The Artemis crew waves from the team's AC72. Pictured from left to right are: Iain Percy, skipper/tactician; Nathan Outteridge, helmsman; Stu Bettany, pit; Andy Fethers, pit; Chris Brittle, grinder; Julien Cressant, grinder; Craig Monk, grinder; Sean Clarkson, grinder; Thierry Fouchier, jib trim; Iain Jensen, wing trim; Rodney Ardern, wing assist.
Artemis Racing completed its 13th day aboard the team's second AC72 on Sunday. It also turned out to be the Swedes' final day of participation in the Louis Vuitton Cup series. Artemis led the fourth race against the Italian team Luna Rossa off the line, but lost the lead on the first downwind leg when the umpires issued the team a penalty for making prestart contact.
The judges imposed two more penalties on the Swedes, both for crossing outside the course boundary.
Despite topping the Italians' top speed by one mile per hour (47 vs. 48), Artemis Racing crossed the finish line two minutes and 11 seconds behind the Italian team. The win completed a four-race sweep by the Italians, who will now advance to the finals. Artemis Racing's four straight losses will send the team packing.
Artemis Racing overcame the loss of crewmember Andrew "Bart" Simpson in a May 9 in an accident on San Francisco Bay. The accident also irreparably damaged the team's AC72 yacht. The team launched its second yacht on July 22 and went for the first sail on July 24. Two weeks later it entered the start box against Luna Rossa Challenge.
"I'm hugely proud of our team. It's been a terrible period," said Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy. "First and foremost at this moment, my thoughts go to my teammates and to 'Bart' and his family. He would've been so proud of us."
Both Luna Rossa and Artemis have called Alameda Point homeport.
The Italians will race against Emirates Team New Zealand in the best-of-13 finals. Competition begins at 1:10 p.m., Saturday. The winner will face defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup beginning Saturday, Sept. 7.