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America's Cup - Artemis Racing pulls off major personnel shakeup

by Jennifer McHugh on 1 Dec 2012
First sailing day of the AC72 of Artemis Racing, 13 November 2012, Alameda, USA Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing © http://www.sandervanderborch.com
America’s Cup contender Artemis Racing announced a major personnel shakeup on Saturday, appointing Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge, Santiago Lange, and Loïck Peyron to their team. The Challenger of Record for the upcoming America’s Cup also released Terry Hutchinson, who guided the sailing team to clinch the 2012 ACWS Match Racing.

Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup, announced today a new afterguard featuring Olympic medalists; Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge and Santiago Lange as well as Loïck Peyron, one of the world’s most experienced multihull helmsmen. The technical and multihull experience of this group will provide Artemis an efficient nucleus to guide the team’s AC72, particularly through the next few critical months of sailing and testing.

Iain Percy will also act as sailing team director.

With these changes taking place, Terry Hutchinson has been released from the team. 'Terry has made a huge contribution to the team since we started our quest for the America’s Cup. Terry’s leadership and match racing expertise led Artemis Racing to win the 2012 ACWS Match Racing Championships and has brought the team to where we are today. We appreciate all of his efforts and dedication. We wish him the very best for the future,' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Artemis Racing’s 72 was christened on November 3rd and the team has been training on San Francisco Bay in preparation for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series which begins next summer, as a lead up to the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013.

Cayard added: 'With the America’s Cup racing just seven months away, it’s crucial that we maximize each day the team is sailing the AC72, both in terms of training, as well as understanding the boat’s limitations and attributes to be considered for future boat and wing development. The experience this afterguard brings is unmatched and is what will help the team Artemis Racing website

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