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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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Four teams on top of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet race leaderboard

Posted on 02 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] The America’s Cup team BMW ORACLE Racing is on great form since the beginning of the year, and confirms it in the RC 44 Austria Cup. Indeed, USA 17 (Ian Vickers / John Kostecki) and USA 18 (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts) share the lead at the end of day one of the fleet regatta, ahead of Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back and Igor Lah’s Ceeref.

The wind was blowing from the north-east this afternoon, between 5 and 12 knots. In most cases, the right of the course proved favourable and the RC 44’s had to head for the coast and stay as close as possible from the shore in order to benefit from land effects. However, the right proved favourable on rare occasions, allowing some spectacular come-backs.

BMW Oracle’s two teams lead the RC44 fleet. Gmunden, 2 May 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

It was definitely a tough day for the tacticians and the results show it clearly: except for RC 44 Challenge – who finished all the races in the top five – all the teams scored at least one counter performance, finishing 8th, 9th or even 10th. On the other hand, some well known teams such as Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis or Chris Bake’s Team Aqua didn’t manage to score a top three.

Igor Lah and his team onboard Ceeref started the day with a disastrous tenth place but finished with two consecutive wins. Katusha’s owner Guennadi Timtchenko also had an interesting time: today he discovered the sport of sailing, the RC 44 Class and yacht racing! Benefiting from Paul Cayard’s advice, Timichenko spent most of the day fighting in the middle of the pack, racing hard and discovering why this sport – and this particular Class – are such a passion for its members.

The RC 44 Class proposes for the first time a live GPS tracking and 3D visualization of the event, available on the Class website (www.rc44.com). Today, no less than 2191 armchair sailors from all over the world followed the races. They will have the opportunity to analyse the world’s best sailors’ moves in the coming days. With four teams separated by three points and the top teams showing fairly high score averages, the fleet race remains totally open and the next days will with no doubt be interesting.

Gennady Timchenko, owner of Team Katusha, helms his RC44 yacht in his third day sailing ever!! Gmunden, 2 May 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

They said:

Guennadi Timtchenko, owner, Katusha: “This is all new for me and I will remember this first regatta all my life! It is an absolute pleasure to sail on this lake with Paul and the other guys; the place is absolutely beautiful and the sport is very interesting. My only regret is to discover it so late!”

Pieter Heerema, owner, No Way Back: “You are never safe on this lake and the sailing is really difficult, but I enjoy it immensely. This lake is less predictable than the sea and there is a portion of luck, good or bad. You just need to accept it and to be patient. The organisers of this event are doing a tremendous job. Nobody knows anything about sailing here but there is a huge crowd; people are passionate and very friendly. The atmosphere is great.”

Chris Bake, owner, Team Aqua: “I was asleep during the first race; we got stuck in a tree in the second, took a premature start in the third and started sailing decently in the last race. This summarises our day pretty well.”

Harm Muller Spreer, helmsman, Team Sea Dubai: “The boat is very nice and I enjoy it very much; the concept of the Class is also great. But there is still a long way to go for me to be competitive.”

Igor Lah, owner, Ceeref: “We did a good job after an embarrassing first regatta. The racing here is very interesting; we really need to sail close to the shore in order to catch the lifts, it’s very exciting.”

James Spithill, grinder, RC 44 Challenge: “I find it awesome to sail on this lake, it is beautiful but also very interesting. The strategy is very different, we need to play with the land effects and John Kostecki did a good job at putting us in the right place.”

Fleet race, provisional results after four races:

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 1, 2, 8, 2 – 13 points
2) RC 44 Challenge, Ian Vickers 3, 5, 2, 3 – 13 points
3) Team No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 2, 1, 3, 8 – 14 points
4) CEEREF, Igor Lah, 10, 3, 1, 1 – 15 points
5) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 4, 9, 4, 5 – 22 points
6) Team Sea Dubai, Harm Muller Spreer, 6, 4, 10, 6 – 26 points
7) Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Daniel Calero, 5, 7, 5, 10 – 27 points
8) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 7, 10, 7, 4 – 28 points
9) Katusha, Guennadi Timtchenko, 8, 6, 9, 7 – 30 points
10) Team Austria, René Mangold, 9, 8, 6, 9 – 32 points

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Four teams on top of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet race leaderboard

Posted on 02 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] The America’s Cup team BMW ORACLE Racing is on great form since the beginning of the year, and confirms it in the RC 44 Austria Cup. Indeed, USA 17 (Ian Vickers / John Kostecki) and USA 18 (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts) share the lead at the end of day one of the fleet regatta, ahead of Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back and Igor Lah’s Ceeref.

The wind was blowing from the north-east this afternoon, between 5 and 12 knots. In most cases, the right of the course proved favourable and the RC 44’s had to head for the coast and stay as close as possible from the shore in order to benefit from land effects. However, the right proved favourable on rare occasions, allowing some spectacular come-backs.

BMW Oracle’s two teams lead the RC44 fleet. Gmunden, 2 May 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

It was definitely a tough day for the tacticians and the results show it clearly: except for RC 44 Challenge – who finished all the races in the top five – all the teams scored at least one counter performance, finishing 8th, 9th or even 10th. On the other hand, some well known teams such as Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis or Chris Bake’s Team Aqua didn’t manage to score a top three.

Igor Lah and his team onboard Ceeref started the day with a disastrous tenth place but finished with two consecutive wins. Katusha’s owner Guennadi Timtchenko also had an interesting time: today he discovered the sport of sailing, the RC 44 Class and yacht racing! Benefiting from Paul Cayard’s advice, Timichenko spent most of the day fighting in the middle of the pack, racing hard and discovering why this sport – and this particular Class – are such a passion for its members.

The RC 44 Class proposes for the first time a live GPS tracking and 3D visualization of the event, available on the Class website (www.rc44.com). Today, no less than 2191 armchair sailors from all over the world followed the races. They will have the opportunity to analyse the world’s best sailors’ moves in the coming days. With four teams separated by three points and the top teams showing fairly high score averages, the fleet race remains totally open and the next days will with no doubt be interesting.

Gennady Timchenko, owner of Team Katusha, helms his RC44 yacht in his third day sailing ever!! Gmunden, 2 May 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

They said:

Guennadi Timtchenko, owner, Katusha: “This is all new for me and I will remember this first regatta all my life! It is an absolute pleasure to sail on this lake with Paul and the other guys; the place is absolutely beautiful and the sport is very interesting. My only regret is to discover it so late!”

Pieter Heerema, owner, No Way Back: “You are never safe on this lake and the sailing is really difficult, but I enjoy it immensely. This lake is less predictable than the sea and there is a portion of luck, good or bad. You just need to accept it and to be patient. The organisers of this event are doing a tremendous job. Nobody knows anything about sailing here but there is a huge crowd; people are passionate and very friendly. The atmosphere is great.”

Chris Bake, owner, Team Aqua: “I was asleep during the first race; we got stuck in a tree in the second, took a premature start in the third and started sailing decently in the last race. This summarises our day pretty well.”

Harm Muller Spreer, helmsman, Team Sea Dubai: “The boat is very nice and I enjoy it very much; the concept of the Class is also great. But there is still a long way to go for me to be competitive.”

Igor Lah, owner, Ceeref: “We did a good job after an embarrassing first regatta. The racing here is very interesting; we really need to sail close to the shore in order to catch the lifts, it’s very exciting.”

James Spithill, grinder, RC 44 Challenge: “I find it awesome to sail on this lake, it is beautiful but also very interesting. The strategy is very different, we need to play with the land effects and John Kostecki did a good job at putting us in the right place.”

Fleet race, provisional results after four races:

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 1, 2, 8, 2 – 13 points
2) RC 44 Challenge, Ian Vickers 3, 5, 2, 3 – 13 points
3) Team No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 2, 1, 3, 8 – 14 points
4) CEEREF, Igor Lah, 10, 3, 1, 1 – 15 points
5) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 4, 9, 4, 5 – 22 points
6) Team Sea Dubai, Harm Muller Spreer, 6, 4, 10, 6 – 26 points
7) Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Daniel Calero, 5, 7, 5, 10 – 27 points
8) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 7, 10, 7, 4 – 28 points
9) Katusha, Guennadi Timtchenko, 8, 6, 9, 7 – 30 points
10) Team Austria, René Mangold, 9, 8, 6, 9 – 32 points

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Artemis wins the TP52 class at HUBLOT PalmaVela

Posted on 18 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis] ARTEMIS started out well and maintained the lead right through to the end of Palmavela giving the Swedish team their first TP52 trophy of the season. From here, the crew will try to return home before heading to the RC44 Austria Cup which starts on 29 April.

In a nice breeze of up to 12 knots, and an airplane free sky, the Hublot PalmaVela regatta held the last races of its 7th edition. All the fleets were on the water today, with Maxis and TP 52’s running their coastal races in the charlie area. In the TP52 class Artemis was the predictable winner, but Cristabella managed second, whereas Magic Carpet 2 won the Wally class. The Mini Maxi class didn’t provide any surprises either, and was won by Container. In the J-80, Platú 25, RI1, and RI 2 classes, Peraleja Golf, Iberdrola, Cuadernos Rubio and Ciudad de Ceuta were the winners.

In the TP52 class the victory was for Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis, thanks to her consistent performance throughout the regatta. The surprise of the day was provided by John Cook’s Cristabella, which won the two races, kicking Matador out of the second place in the final classification. The Argentinians have lacked consistency throughout the regatta, and in spite of their good results on the third day, at the end they could only manage a third place. We must not forget that this is the TP52’s first race after the new rule’s modifications, and that the teams are still fine tuning their boats.

Next stop for ARTEMIS is the RC44 Austria Cup which starts on 29 April.

Final Results

TP 52
1. Artemis (Tornqvist), 1+1+1+1+2+3+2+(3): 11
2. Cristabella (Cook), 2+2+(4)+2+3+2+1+1: 13
3. Matador (Roemmers), 3+3+2+3+1+1+(3)+2: 15

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

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Artemis wins the TP52 class at HUBLOT PalmaVela

Posted on 18 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis] ARTEMIS started out well and maintained the lead right through to the end of Palmavela giving the Swedish team their first TP52 trophy of the season. From here, the crew will try to return home before heading to the RC44 Austria Cup which starts on 29 April.

In a nice breeze of up to 12 knots, and an airplane free sky, the Hublot PalmaVela regatta held the last races of its 7th edition. All the fleets were on the water today, with Maxis and TP 52’s running their coastal races in the charlie area. In the TP52 class Artemis was the predictable winner, but Cristabella managed second, whereas Magic Carpet 2 won the Wally class. The Mini Maxi class didn’t provide any surprises either, and was won by Container. In the J-80, Platú 25, RI1, and RI 2 classes, Peraleja Golf, Iberdrola, Cuadernos Rubio and Ciudad de Ceuta were the winners.

In the TP52 class the victory was for Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis, thanks to her consistent performance throughout the regatta. The surprise of the day was provided by John Cook’s Cristabella, which won the two races, kicking Matador out of the second place in the final classification. The Argentinians have lacked consistency throughout the regatta, and in spite of their good results on the third day, at the end they could only manage a third place. We must not forget that this is the TP52’s first race after the new rule’s modifications, and that the teams are still fine tuning their boats.

Next stop for ARTEMIS is the RC44 Austria Cup which starts on 29 April.

Final Results

TP 52
1. Artemis (Tornqvist), 1+1+1+1+2+3+2+(3): 11
2. Cristabella (Cook), 2+2+(4)+2+3+2+1+1: 13
3. Matador (Roemmers), 3+3+2+3+1+1+(3)+2: 15

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

TP52 Artemis wins the HUBLOT PalmaVela. Palma, 18 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

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TP52 Artemis maintain lead after three days of racing in Palma

Posted on 17 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis] The wind had trouble establishing itself again today, and the postponement flag had to be raised at around 1100 this morning. Finally, in around 8 knots southwesterly wind, the race committee gave the start signal of the first race of the day, at 1343.

In the TP52 class Matador had two very good races, with skipper Guillermo Parada at the helm, finishing both of them first, ahead of Artemis, with Paul Cayard calling tactics and owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm. The Swedish team had been unbeaten until today, when they placed second and third, but benefited from the discard after race six, which helps the team hold onto first position in the overall standings.

Matador is second, just one point ahead of John Cook’s Cristabella, which is third. Weapon of Choice, former Matador, closes the classification, but the final standings will not be decided until tomorrow.

Artemis maintains its lead in the TP52 division. Palma, 17 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

Artemis maintains its lead in the TP52 division. Palma, 17 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

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TP52 Artemis maintain lead after three days of racing in Palma

Posted on 17 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis] The wind had trouble establishing itself again today, and the postponement flag had to be raised at around 1100 this morning. Finally, in around 8 knots southwesterly wind, the race committee gave the start signal of the first race of the day, at 1343.

In the TP52 class Matador had two very good races, with skipper Guillermo Parada at the helm, finishing both of them first, ahead of Artemis, with Paul Cayard calling tactics and owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm. The Swedish team had been unbeaten until today, when they placed second and third, but benefited from the discard after race six, which helps the team hold onto first position in the overall standings.

Matador is second, just one point ahead of John Cook’s Cristabella, which is third. Weapon of Choice, former Matador, closes the classification, but the final standings will not be decided until tomorrow.

Artemis maintains its lead in the TP52 division. Palma, 17 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

Artemis maintains its lead in the TP52 division. Palma, 17 April 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

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