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Artemis Racing has announced it is moving forward with its challenge for the America’s Cup. The team’s continued participation had been in doubt following a tragic capsize that led to the death of a crew member last month.
The Swedish challenger has confirmed it is now preparing its second AC72, which will undergo a rigorous testing regime. When the sailing team is satisfied that the boat is ready to race, it will join the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series.
“Artemis Racing’s decision to continue will inspire race fans,” said Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “I’m sure we’ll see massive support and goodwill for the Swedish team.
Paul Cayard, the CEO of Artemis Racing: “We are working around-the-clock to get our new boat ready, in the water and to prepare our team to race. 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.”
“Learning that Artemis Racing is focused on getting to the start line is truly great news,” Barclay said. “I don’t think we can expect them to be ready for the first races but I’m certain the America’s Cup community will support them in every way possible.”
Prior to this announcement and following confirmation from Artemis Racing that it intends to continue on 6/6/13, Regatta Director Iain Murray updated the schedule to reflect one of the Safety Recommendations developed after the capsize, reducing the number of preliminary rounds to five from seven. This safety recommendation is what the teams wanted for a safer challenge with more time for maintenance between races.
The Summer of Racing kicks off with an opening ceremony on July 4, followed by a fleet race with the Defender and challengers on July 5. The first race day of the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, remains July 7.
- America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, June 6 2013, training on the San Francisco Bay Courtesy of John Navas, videographer
- Great news about Artemis Racing from our friends at KTVU, Channel 2 6/6/13: “A good day to get back out on San Francisco Bay, sailing the foiling AC45,” the Artemis team tweeted. And the Cup holders welcomed their presence: “Great to see Artemis Racing back out on San Francisco Bay this week,” responded Oracle Team USA.