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Artemis Hopes To Race New AC72 Catamaran Later This Week

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Artemis Racing launches AC72 at base in Alameda. (Photo © Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing)

Artemis Racing launches AC72 at base in Alameda. (Photo © Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing)

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ALAMEDA (CBS/AP) — Artemis Racing of Sweden hopes to sail sometime later this week now that it has launched its new America’s Cup 72-foot catamaran, 2 ½ months after the fatal capsize of its first boat.

It has so far missed racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers.

On May 9, British sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed and Artemis Racing’s first catamaran was destroyed in a capsize on San Francisco Bay. Construction of the new boat was already underway, but was delayed by the capsize and ensuing police investigation.

The syndicate said the blue-hulled boat will undergo tuning of its wing sail and other rigging while docked, as well as a run-through of systems such as wing control, daggerboards and steering.

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