A Sweden-based sailing team that was hit with a tragic loss earlier this year was eliminated over the weekend in the challenger series for the America’s Cup, but bowed out gracefully in a display of sportsmanship that has been a hallmark of the team’s return to the water.
Artemis Racing sailed around the San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, testing “Big Blue” for the first time in winds as strong as 15 knots. The catamaran is the Swedish challenger’s second AC 72 for America’s Cup competition.
Emirates Team New Zealand routed Italy’s Luna Rossa by the biggest margin yet in the America’s Cup challenger trials and clinched the right to advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.
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.
This was supposed to be the most eye-popping America’s Cup ever. But the Italian syndicate didn’t sail against Emirates Team New Zealand this week in the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers series, allowing New Zealand to earn two points in the regatta unchallenged.
Not long after helping to sail one of the new America’s Cup catamarans around ghostly San Francisco Bay, four-time winner Russell Coutts scoffed at accusations by two foreign challengers that defending champion Oracle Team USA is benefiting from safety changes.
The Kiwis are protesting a rule change that ostensibly was made for safety reasons following the death of British sailing star Andrew Simpson on May 9 when rival challenger Artemis Racing capsized.
The America’s Cup regatta starts later this week in San Francisco with an opening ceremony and the first preliminary race. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.
The U.S. Coast Guard issued the official permit late Friday that is required to conduct America’s Cup yacht racing on San Francisco Bay beginning next week.
America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA sustained damage to its newest catamaran just minutes into the first day of its two-boat testing program on San Francisco Bay.