sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Louis Vuitton Cup: Artemis big surprise in first Semi-Final race
Louis Vuitton Cup: Artemis big surprise in first Semi-Final race


'Artemis leads Luna Rossa at the first mark - Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013'    Chuck Lantz ©    Click Here to view large photo

The first semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup was marked by a surprisingly good performance by Artemis Racing with ‘Big Blue'.

The Swedish team was beaten by Luna Rossa, but considering the relatively different amount of sailing of the two teams – 80 days for Luna Rossa to 80 hours for Artemis Racing – the two minute difference at the finish was a great deal closer than might have been expected.

What also took everyone by surprise was the aggression of Artemis helmsman, Nathan Outteridge at the start. He and his rival, Chris Draper on Luna Rossa, have sparred before – in 49er skiffs – but never before in these giant wing-sailed AC-72 catamarans. Yet with a minute to go Outteridge had made his intentions clear.

The crowd along Marina Green were treated to the sight of Artemis ahead and to windward of Luna Rossa, and determined to maintain this advantage. Draper, it seemed, did not 'pull the trigger' fast enough and Artemis’ timing was right on the button, crossing the starting line within a second of gunfire and there was a clear boat’s length of water between the two.



In the 15-16 knot west-south-westerly breeze both boats foiled fast to the first mark where Artemis Racing led by six seconds. Downwind the time in practice difference became readily apparent. While both boats maintained much the same speed, it was the ability of the Luna Rossa crew to maintain foiling as they went through their gybes that was the telling factor.

Luna Rossa went ahead and by the time they went through the second ‘gate’ was 30 seconds clear. Upwind however Artemis racing held on and closed the gap slightly to be 21 seconds in arrears at the third mark, and there was a noticeable surge of interest – no one so far had seen the AC-72s racing this close.

There was a degree of inevitability as the race progressed – the greater sailing experience (in the boats) of Luna Rossa was particularly apparent on all legs and the Italians drew away to win by a fraction under two minutes. 'We have to make big improvements,' said Artemis skipper Iain Percy after the finish, 'little ones are not enough.' But he did agree he was pleasantly surprised with the boat’s performance.

Luna Rossa suffered some damage to the skin of one of the lower flaps of her wing before that start of the race and Draper admitted that it was a cause for concern, but agreed that the late start was inexcusable. 'But,' he said, 'today showed we had some [better] skills.'

Three days earlier, Percy had suggested that 18 knots of breeze might be a self-imposed limit for Artemis, but after today said that the team would be prepared for the 22-knot limit. Possibly tomorrow (Wednesday) might see breeze nearer that.


- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo

- Louis Vuitton Cup, Semi-Final 1, August 6, 2013 -  Chuck Lantz ©   Click Here to view large photo


by Bob Fisher

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=112914

10:59 PM Tue 6 Aug 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

08 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Two Nil and the Semi's have an air of inevitability
08 Aug 2013  Images of Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals - Luna Rossa vs Artemis Day 2
08 Aug 2013  18' International Skiff Regatta preview- 18' Skiffs share S.F. Bay
08 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Semi-Finals Day 2 action from San Francisco Bay
08 Aug 2013  America's Cup: Is it Fair? Unprecedented bias towards the Defender
08 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Ugly race gets Luna Rossa halfway to the Final
07 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of the Semi-Finals - Day 1
07 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Semi-Final, Race 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
07 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Am-Cam video of Semi-Final 1
07 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Artemis starts Semi-Final with pace
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,
























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco


































ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win   
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature   
Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral keeps fleet shoreside   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT