America's Cup: Artemis Racing tests out Emirates Team NZ + Video

Emirates Team New Zealand practice some race starts with Artemis Racing. 4/8/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand went up against Artemis Racing today in some impromptu race practice on San Francisco Bay.

The teams had never before lined up together in their AC72s. Practice race starts had been arranged with Luna Rossa but the Italians returned to the dock before they could take place.

Dean Barker: 'We were set up today to practice with Luna Rossa; we hadn’t discussed sailing with Artemis.'
With Luna Rossa heading back to the dock and Artemis was practising time-on-distance nearby a shouted conversation across the water quickly arranged another training partner.

Barker was more than happy with the arrangement. ' Artemis was keen to get into it ...it’s always good to practice with another team. We learned a lot today from a different opponent. Artemis was aggressive in the pre-start and the five starts added another dimension to the team's development.'

Artemis faces off against Luna Rossa in the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series. The first race is on Tuesday (San Francisco time).

The sailing team will be back on the water tomorrow to continue preparations for the Louis Vuitton Cup final which starts on August 17



Emirates Team New Zealand practice some race starts with Artemis Racing. 4/8/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand practice some race starts with Artemis Racing. 4/8/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand practice some race starts with Artemis Racing. 4/8/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand practice some race starts with Artemis Racing. 4/8/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand practice some race starts with Artemis Racing. 4/8/2013

Emirates Team New Zealand practice on the race course area for the Louis Vuitton Cup final. 4/8/2013
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