King Marine busy building the Artemis AC72 yacht

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: King Marine] In early December, King Marine relocated a portion of its work force to the Artemis Racing operations base, near Gothenburg, Sweden, to begin the construction of the team’s AC72 catamaran designed by Juan Kouyoumidjian. Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup, represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club / Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS).

“We arrived a week ago from Sweden to check on the operations, test the new oven, coordinate logistics and explain the quality standards and storage system of King Marine to the local team of builders,” said Gabriel Mariani, CEO of King Marine.

A group of 50 specialists from King Marine & King Composite (led by Pablo Santarsiero and Guillermo Ponzinibbio respectively), together with strategic partners Sinergìa Racing Group, will build the AC72 in three different locations: Valencia, Cartagena and Sweden.

Everything is going according to schedule under the direction of Naval Architect James Muller who has worked with King Marine on the build of the TP52 Azzurra 2011 and the modification of Orma 60 for Artemis Racing.

The Artemis AC45 yacht in action. San Diego, 18 November 2011. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing

Richard Gillies, Build Manager for Artemis Racing, “will control our work as builders, contribute ideas and solutions as well as share his invaluable experience with us.”

Richard has a career as long as the composite life itself. He ventured before anyone into CNC mould building so it’s great to have him on our side.

“The action gets underway, but promises to be exciting from the technical and logistical point of view “ assures Gabriel Mariani. “I am grateful to Artemis Racing for trusting us to take on this project, enthusiastic to build once again a JYD design and glad to have a team that gives me peace of mind about their commitment and quality.”

1 Comments For This Post

  1. EaglesPDX Says:

    Great to see Prada back in the AC competition. It is a great plus for everything Ellision, Coutts and the Oracle team have done in AC 2.0 for the 21st century. The exciting races in Casquas, Plymouth and even San Diego have really been great for sailing in general and the AC in particular. Prada getting onboard is an affirmation of a job well done by AC34 in reinventing the America’s Cup.


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