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Ulysse Nardin partners with Artemis Racing

Posted on 18 March 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Artemis Racing] Ulysse Nardin is pleased to announce its support for Artemis Racing, the Swedish Challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, as an Official Partner. The announcement was made today at Baselworld, the international Watch and Jewellery Show, with Iain Percy and Loïck Peyron in attendance on behalf of Artemis Racing.

The America’s Cup is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport; an iconic test synonymous with technology, precision, innovation and team spirit – a rich subject of inspiration. One couldn’t imagine a better pairing than high-level sailing and watchmaking.

Ulysse Nardin is proud to fly the colours of Artemis Racing for the next America’s Cup campaign, beginning in June and running until 2017, and shares these intrinsic values.

Patrik Hoffmann, CEO of Ulysse Nardin, explains what motivated him to team up with Artemis Racing: “It is an honour for Ulysse Nardin to enter into a cooperation with Artemis Racing. Ulysse Nardin’s history of navigating the sea paired with the DNA of innovation and technology, which is firmly established in both companies, makes this partnership a perfect match. When meeting the Artemis Racing engineers, technicians, and craftsmen at their base in San Francisco, I quickly realized that the spirit of passion and innovation is the driving force behind this extraordinary team. “

Iain Percy, Team Manager of Artemis Racing commented, “the new breed of foiling wing sailed catamarans used in the America’s Cup is asking far more from us as designers, engineers and sailors than ever before. This cycle and the future of our sport is about original thinking, developing new materials, and pushing the boundaries of what we understand about yacht design and racing. In Ulysse Nardin we are lucky to have found a partner that shares our values, our passion for teamwork, our desire to innovate, and an ambition to lead in our respective fields. We look forward to sharing this adventure together over the next three years and beyond.”

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Artemis Racing Selects Altair as Technical Supplier

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Artemis Racing] Altair today announced that it has been selected by Artemis Racing to serve as a technical supplier in the team’s bid to win the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. Areas of focus for this new era of wingsail foiling catamaran design include composites development, aerodynamics simulation, structural optimization, and fluid-structure interaction. Altair OptiStruct® composite optimization technology is the leader in helping companies efficiently design composite structures, having been used for over twenty years in many industries, including aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and sporting goods.

Artemis Racing represents Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet(KSSS – the Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world, and was challenger of record for the 34th America’s Cup. The team has reinvented itself under the leadership of double Olympic champion, Iain Percy. Artemis Racing now boasts an incredible seven Olympic champions, as well as new additions to the design team.

All America’s Cup teams will race one design foiling AC45s in the America’s Cup World Series starting this summer before launching the AC62, which will be sailed by the team in the America’s Cup Challenger Series in 2017.

“It is truly a thrill for us to support the design of the Artemis Racing AC62 with our composite design and optimization technology,” said Jim Scapa, Chief Executive Officer of Altair.

The foils and rigid wing have greatly improved the speed, stability, and maneuverability of the racing yachts. The rigid wingsail provides more lift than traditional soft sails as well as a better lift-to-drag ratio. Composite materials are used extensively for the construction of the yachts and chosen for their lightweight properties, stiffness and strength. America’s Cup Yachts are built primarily using laminated honeycomb sandwich structures, which are efficient at carrying the loads.

“Using OptiStruct, I can look at the composite structure of the boat and assess different structural options in a repetitive and systematic way, making design loops faster and refining the overall structure at the same time,” said Thomas Tison, Structural Engineer for Artemis Racing.

Altair’s ongoing involvement with optimization projects connected with the America’s Cup began in 1995 with the PACT95 Young America entry, and continued through the 2000s. The company’s current association with Artemis Racing dates back to 2011.

“Altair’s unique composite optimization technology can guide optimal material placement for laminate and honeycomb sandwich structures,” explains Robert Yancey, Vice President of Aerospace and Composite Solutions at Altair. This produces the lightest weight structure that meets all of the performance requirements.”

Accurate prediction of composite behavior is critical when designing a sailboat for elite competition. Optimization of hulls, structures, appendages, sail sets, and other elements is performed. In parallel, the team may interact with a virtual product prototype to refine the shape of the hull and overall design proportions to improve performance. This type of analysis can provide a significant competitive advantage, and is an area where Altair has particular expertise and unique technology.

“We’re excited about the future, and we’re looking forward to further collaboration with Altair in our bid to win the America’s Cup,” said Adam May, Design Coordinator for Artemis Racing.

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Gothenburg to host ACWS event in 2015

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Reporter

[Source: Artemis Racing Team] Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg are set to host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th – 30th) 2015.

Beginning in the summer of 2015, the circuit will feature all of the America’s Cup teams racing in one design AC45 catamarans, providing an early opportunity to win points that will carry forward into the next stage of the competition.

The overall ranking position in the America’s Cup World Series will determine the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.

“It’s super exciting to announce that the America’s Cup World Series is coming to Sweden next year. It will provide a great opportunity for Artemis Racing to showcase our sport and our America’s Cup program” said Iain Percy, Artemis Racing’s Team Manager.

“There is an incredible momentum within the group right now, and we hope that the Swedish public will be out in force to cheers us on. We’re really looking forward to showing them what we can do next August”, said Fredrik Lööf, 3 time Olympic medallist and tactician for Artemis Racing.

Max Markusson, Event Manager at Göteborg and Co, commented “Gothenburg is a city with a proud maritime history and next year will see a summer of global sailing events. It’s a historic occasion with not only Volvo Ocean Race in June, but also America’s Cup World Series in August. Artemis Racing are taking on an incredible challenge and for us the races will provide a global platform to showcase the city by the water, and it will be a spectacular event for the people of Gothenburg”.

Max Salminen, Olympic Champion and grinder for Artemis Racing, said “It’s amazing what’s happening in sailing right now with the move to foiling boats. The AC45 is definitely the most exciting boat I’ve ever sailed, it’s just an incredible feeling when it lifts up and takes off.”

“Having a fleet of foiling AC45s racing in Gothenburg will be a spectacular sight and one not to miss”.

Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Långedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen.

“One of the goals of the America’s Cup World Series is to connect our teams with their fans,” said Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup. “This event in Gothenburg will bring the racing close to shore. and allow Swedish America’s Cup fans an opportunity to experience the speed, power and excitement of America’s Cup racing in person.”

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Paul Goodison Joins Artemis Racing

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Reporter

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing is pleased to announce its 7th Olympic gold medalist with 2008 Laser Olympic Champion Paul Goodison joining the sailing team.

Paul brings a wealth of Olympic experience to Artemis Racing, having competed at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. He is also a former Laser World Champion claiming the 2009 title in Halifax, Canada.

Since the London Olympics, Paul has won the Melges 32 World Championships in 2012 and the Melges 20 World Championships in 2014, while also sailing in the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series with BAR. More recently, Paul has been developing his foiling skill set, training and competing in the Moth, claiming a respectable 12th rank in his first ever Moth Worlds earlier this year.

“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of our sport and I’m really excited to be joining Artemis Racing. I’m fortunate to have spent a few weeks at the team base in Alameda, and what has impressed me most is the incredible work ethic and culture within the group. The America’s Cup finals are still almost three years away but with the buzz at the base, you would think they were next week. I took part in the team’s recent foiling camp, and it was great to be working alongside Nathan and Iain and the amazing talents here at Artemis Racing.

I’m looking forward to working with this incredible team on our quest to win the 35th America’s Cup” commented Paul.

Team Manager Iain Percy said “Paul is a tremendous sailing talent and light wind specialist, which will be a key skill in San Diego or Bermuda. He is a complete professional, but more importantly, I’m confident he will fit straight into the culture that we have created at Artemis Racing. His recent experience sailing Moths will also be invaluable as we work to develop and build the most advanced America’s Cup yacht in history.”

Paul joins the team primarily as a Helmsman but will also work in a number of other roles depending on the sailing and testing program.

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Team Tilt, Switzerland’s Youth America’s Cup team qualifies

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Tilt] The young Team Tilt sailors have qualified for the Red Bull America’s Cup that will be held from 1-4 September in San Francisco on the wing-masted AC45 catamarans.

The under 25-year-olds competed in a series of twelve races throughout the week in superb 15 knot northerly conditions to qualify.

“We are very happy with how this crazy week has gone,” said Team Tilt helmsman Lucien Cujean. “We have learnt a lot and this result is the accomplishment of three months of intense training. This is only the beginning though, we still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go in order to be competitive in September!”

Qualifying for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was based on race results, team fitness and their potential performance and ability in handling the AC45 multihull. The team posted some very impressive results during the fitness test and have demonstrated excellent team spirit. Now they have also shown that they are competitive on the water.

Team Tilt’s crew celebrating their qualification to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal / Team Tilt

“This result is absolutely fantastic,” said Jocelyn Keller, one of the young team members. “We gave it our all and we succeeded; it is a dream and we can’t wait to be back in September.”

Alex Schneiter, the man behind Team Tilt and the team manager said: “It is absolutely fantastic to have developed such a group in such a short time and to have qualified! I was surprised at the high level of the competition and at how quickly all the teams have progressed. Team Tilt showed a cool head and determination to get this far. We should be proud of this team and those that have supported them. The adventure is just beginning!”

On their return to Switzerland Team Tilt will plunge back into their Youth America’s Cup preparations by racing their D35 catamaran during the Vulcain Trophy. They will also race the TeamWork M2 Speed Tour and the Extreme 40 Sailing Series.

Team Tilt flies the Swiss flag and carries the colours of the Société Nautique de Genève. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which runs from the 1 to 4 September, will pit the five teams that have qualified this week against the America’s Cup junior teams from Oracle Team USA, Team New Zealand and Artemis.

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Swedish challenge for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing confirmed today the team’s entry as a Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, which will include competing in the America’s Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.

Speaking at today’s press conference Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America’s Cup. Torbjörn Törnqvist also spoke of the important role of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in the team’s challenge.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs, has a longstanding history with the America’s Cup, having had three Challenges since the America’s Cup began in 1851. KSSS Commodore Jacob Wallenberg stated: “KSSS is honoured to be alongside Artemis Racing for the next America’s Cup. This is an important milestone for the Club and sailing in Sweden. It is also important for Swedish junior sailors, as a project of this magnitude will inspire them and provide excellent role models.”

Over the course of the next three years, Artemis Racing will be focused on designing and building two AC72 yachts, while also developing a strong sailing team to compete in the AC45 World Series and the Challenger Selection Series. The clear goal is to challenge Cup holders BMW ORACLE Racing for the America’s Cup in 2013.

“We have been orienting Artemis Racing toward the America’s Cup for more than a year. With much of the plan for the 34th America’s Cup now defined by the Defender, and an early start for the team, we have a tremendous opportunity to mount a winning campaign.” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Paul Cayard announced that world champion sailor Terry Hutchinson (USA) will be the team’s helmsman and that the design team will be led by Juan Kouyoumdjian, well known for his success with winning designs in the Volvo Ocean Race such as ABN Amro and Ericsson.

Also speaking at today’s press conference about the new America’s Cup format was Richard Worth the recently appointed Chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. Worth said: “The challenger period has only just opened so we are delighted to welcome Artemis Racing to the 34th America’s Cup. They become the third team to officially join the event (after BMW ORACLE Racing and Challenger of Record – Mascalzone Latino) and we hope that, for the drama of a true sporting spectacle over the next three years, they will be the first of many. As we plan for new, exciting formats and boats it is great to have a team consisting of world class sailors under the leadership of Torbjörn Törnqvist and Paul Cayard.”

The next event for Artemis Racing is the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai, which begins on 14 November. Looking ahead to 2011, Artemis Racing will continue to compete on the RC44 World Championship tour, while joining the Extreme 40 Circuit and the America’s Cup World Series, which will be raced in AC45s.

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Swedish challenge for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing confirmed today the team’s entry as a Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, which will include competing in the America’s Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.

Speaking at today’s press conference Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America’s Cup. Torbjörn Törnqvist also spoke of the important role of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in the team’s challenge.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs, has a longstanding history with the America’s Cup, having had three Challenges since the America’s Cup began in 1851. KSSS Commodore Jacob Wallenberg stated: “KSSS is honoured to be alongside Artemis Racing for the next America’s Cup. This is an important milestone for the Club and sailing in Sweden. It is also important for Swedish junior sailors, as a project of this magnitude will inspire them and provide excellent role models.”

Over the course of the next three years, Artemis Racing will be focused on designing and building two AC72 yachts, while also developing a strong sailing team to compete in the AC45 World Series and the Challenger Selection Series. The clear goal is to challenge Cup holders BMW ORACLE Racing for the America’s Cup in 2013.

“We have been orienting Artemis Racing toward the America’s Cup for more than a year. With much of the plan for the 34th America’s Cup now defined by the Defender, and an early start for the team, we have a tremendous opportunity to mount a winning campaign.” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Paul Cayard announced that world champion sailor Terry Hutchinson (USA) will be the team’s helmsman and that the design team will be led by Juan Kouyoumdjian, well known for his success with winning designs in the Volvo Ocean Race such as ABN Amro and Ericsson.

Also speaking at today’s press conference about the new America’s Cup format was Richard Worth the recently appointed Chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. Worth said: “The challenger period has only just opened so we are delighted to welcome Artemis Racing to the 34th America’s Cup. They become the third team to officially join the event (after BMW ORACLE Racing and Challenger of Record – Mascalzone Latino) and we hope that, for the drama of a true sporting spectacle over the next three years, they will be the first of many. As we plan for new, exciting formats and boats it is great to have a team consisting of world class sailors under the leadership of Torbjörn Törnqvist and Paul Cayard.”

The next event for Artemis Racing is the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai, which begins on 14 November. Looking ahead to 2011, Artemis Racing will continue to compete on the RC44 World Championship tour, while joining the Extreme 40 Circuit and the America’s Cup World Series, which will be raced in AC45s.

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Emirates Team New Zealand is finalist at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Posted on 04 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trohpy] Emirates Team New Zealand is a finalist at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena after an extraordinary drawn-out day of light air sailing on the Golfo di Arzachena at the north east corner of Sardinia.

One race down and facing elimination, ETNZ came back and defeated Sweden’s Artemis 2-1. The Kiwis also led in a race that was abandoned when the wind died.

The other best-of-three semi-finals, between the French/German team All4One and the SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, will be sailed tomorrow. Weather permitting, the first race of the finals may start tomorrow afternoon.

The America’s Cup trophy will be on public display at the Louis Vuitton Trophy race village at the Marina Arsenale in La Maddalena over the weekend. The Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing, is bringing the trophy to Sardinia and visitors to the village can view the 159-year-old trophy from 0900 to 1900 on Saturday and 0900 to 1800 on Sunday.

Dean Barker helms what is probably the best monohull sailing team in the world. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

The day was fine but fickle winds forced a three and a half hour delay before Artemis, skippered by Paul Cayard and with Terry Hutchinson steering, seized the first race from ETNZ’s Dean Barker. A second race was abandoned when the wind died and the Kiwis led.

After a drawn-out wait, the second race started at 5:30 pm. Minutes into the race, on the ropes and facing elimination from the series, Barker boldly sailed across the advancing bow of the right-of-way Artemis with scant room to spare and leveled the series. The last race started at 6:30 pm in late afternoon sunlight. Hutchinson pulled out all the stops and made a superb start but Barker confidently split away 1.3 kilometers on the opposite tack and came in ahead to control at the weather mark.

Semi-final One, Race One: Artemis def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:25 – A 25-degree windshift in light airs cost ETNZ any chance of winning. The Kiwis were substantially overstood on the port tack approaching the top mark and were powerless as Artemis on a matching port tack below them were able to muscle their way inside at the mark and hold them off before bearing away. The margin was only two seconds for the Swedish boat but Hutchinson exploited the advantage on the run to attain a solid lead. ETNZ tactician Ray Davies said: “We got the side of the course we wanted. We went out to the left and talked about tacking below the port layline just in case we got a left shift. We did tack just below our layline. Just as we tacked we got a 25 degree shift and from that point we were miles overstood. It went so far that Artemis could tack a long way to leeward of us and lay the mark.

Emirates Team NZ beat Artemis and advance to the semis. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Semi-final One, Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand def Artemis, 01:01 – ETNZ’s bold port tack cross with only five metres to spare, across the advancing bow of the right-of-way Artemis, clinched the lead and the victory. The start line had a right hand bias but Barker on starboard on the left side forced Hutchinson to tack away just before the gun. Barker wound up and started at speed down the line, while Artemis tacked and made a downspeed start at the committee. Just minutes later with a 33 metre lead, Barker tacked, pulled off the port tack cross and claimed the advantaged right side. Jules Salter, ETNZ’s navigator commented: “The plan was to start to the left, go left and get the best pressure, which was what this race was all about. We keep to the same methods, make a good plan and execute it. Dean is doing a good job of starting.” An earlier attempt at completing this race was abandoned as the Kiwis were narrowly leading a drifting match in competing zephyrs at the bottom of the second beat.

Semi-final One, Race Three: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Artemis, 01:31 – Hutchinson pulled off a superb start right on the gun, at the pin and at full speed while forcing Barker off onto port. The Kiwis sailed away to the starboard layline in a split that extended out to 1.3 kilometers. When the two boats closed at the weather mark, the starboard tack ETNZ had right-of-way and led around the top mark. A ragged weather-side gennaker drop provided a short diversion for photographers at the leeward mark but never slowed the Kiwis who continued to sail away. Asked the secret to his team’s ability to bounce back, Barker said: “100% confidence in our ability. Everything we do, we back ourselves to win every race. You are going to lose, because we’re sailing against good teams, but in a series we back ourselves to come out on top.”

Terry Hutchinson and Paul Cayard try to catch Emirates Team NZ. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

Semi-final Provisional Results

Semi-final One: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Artemis 2-1

Round Robin Results

1. All4One, 6-3, 6 points

2. Artemis, 6-3, 6 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 6-3, 6 points

4. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-3, 5 points *

5. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
6. Azzurra, 4-5, 4 points

7. TEAMORIGIN, 4-5, 4 points
8. Luna Rossa, 3-6, 3 points
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 3-6, 3 point
10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-7, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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