Artemis Racing’s KSSS succeeds as Challenger of
Source: ORACLE Racing Comms // May 23,
The Royal Swedish yacht club KSSS, Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet, last
week became the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup. KSSS is
represented in the challenger field by Artemis Racing.
The appointment was necessitated by the resignation of Club Nautico di Roma,
which had been the Challenger of Record.
“We welcome KSSS and their team Artemis Racing into this role,” said 34th
America’s Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We also thank CNR and their team,
Mascalzone Latino, for their efforts in the important start-up phase of the 34th
America’s Cup. While we are disappointed to lose a great Italian contender in
Mascalzone Latino and CNR, we are confident in the leadership we anticipate from
the KSSS and Artemis Racing.”
Founded by businessman Torbjorn Tornqvist, first-time challenger Artemis
Racing is stacked with America’s Cup experience and local San Francisco Bay
knowledge. Team CEO Paul Cayard, a lifelong resident of the Bay area, has been
involved with Cup teams dating back to the 1980s, first sailing with another Bay
icon, Tom Blackaller, in 1983 aboard Defender. The two rejoined four
years later aboard USA, a challenge from San Francisco Bay. For Cayard,
the Cup on the Bay is a dream come true.
“I have been involved in campaigns to bring the Cup to San Francisco for over
20 years,” Cayard wrote in his Seahorse column in the March issue. “I
am excited that it is finally coming to what is undoubtedly the best stadium on
the planet in which to showcase sailing.”
Skipper Terry Hutchinson has been a Cup fixture for the past decade, first
teaming with Cayard (and current ORACLE Racing tactician John Kostecki) aboard
the San Francisco-based team AmericaOne in 2000. Cayard, Hutchinson and crew
were eliminated in a thrilling Louis Vuitton Cup that was decided in Race 9.
Cayard later sold the assets to Larry Ellison, which gave rise to ORACLE Racing
nearly 11 years ago.
Additionally, Design and Performance Liaison Tom Schnackenberg has been a
revolutionary in the Cup game stretching back four decades and has been on three
Cup-winning teams, twice as a challenger.
CNR filed in February 2010 the first challenge for the 34th America’s Cup and
thereby became the “Challenger of Record.” KSSS was the second challenger to
enter, in November 2010 and, under America's Cup rules, automatically succeeds
as Challenger of Record.
Link to article: Swedish
Challenger becomes Challenger of Record for 34th America’s
Visit the team website: Artemis
Photo: Royal Swedish Yacht Club Past Commodore
Jacob Wallenberg (left), Artemis Racing founder Torbjorn Tornqvist, Richard
Worth of the America’s Cup Event Authority and Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard at
the launch of Artemis Racing in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 8, 2010 (©Sander van der
A taste from the tests
America’s Cup website // May 18, 2011
More from the test sessions in Auckland. Here, photographer Gilles
Martin-Raget trains his lens on all the activity in New Zealand - both on and
off the water.
When teams and America's Cup organizers convened in Auckland near the end of
April, it was an unprecedented opportunity to define and refine the racing that
will take place later this year in the America's Cup World Series.
Working together in a constant feedback loop, the sailors and race management
teams developed everything from innovative starting sequences and race course
configurations to a completely new, cutting-edge umpiring system.
During the second week, the America's Cup TV crew moved in and began to test
the on board media systems.
All concerned left with a valuable set of lessons learned and long 'to do'
lists ahead of the first AC World Series event in Cascais.
Enjoy this slide show for now and get ready for more great action in Cascais
and Plymouth later in the summer.
Link to article: A
taste from the tests
Photo: America’s Cup technical
director Stan Honey addresses the sailors at the AC45 test event in Auckland
prior to a day experimenting with the new onboard television equipment (Gilles
America’s Cup “People Plan” proceeds
Michael Cabanatuan, SFGate.com // May 20, 2011
San Francisco's plan to get 200,000 people a day to and from the waterfront
and around town during the America's Cup is surging forward, like a streetcar on an open stretch of road.
The transportation plan, better known as the "People Plan," has been the subject of dozens of community
meetings and hearings since a draft plan was released March 31, and those
comments and planners' responses are included in an update released
Several more meetings are scheduled in the coming weeks before the May 31
deadline for commenting on the plan. A revised plan is expected out in June,
with a final plan by Sept. 30.
The short summary of the plan: Don't expect to drive to the waterfront and
take a short stroll to watch the race. The People Plan relies on a lot of People
Power -- feet and bikes, plus beefed-up transit service, including more
streetcar service along the Embarcadero.
Peter Albert, manager of the Municipal Transportation Agency's urban planning initiatives,
said residents, merchants and neighborhood groups have been supportive of the
"There is a clear recognition that this is an event that is going to have to
depend on pedestrian, bicycle and transit movement," he said. In addition to
figuring out how to boost Muni service to handle the crowds, planners are also
working with other transit agencies, including BART, Caltrain and ferry
operators, and planning a marketing effort for transit in conjunction with the
The People Plan can be viewed at www.americascup.com/sanfrancisco. Comments can be submitted on
the site or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to article: America’s
Cup “People Plan” proceeds