The America’s Cup World Series Plymouth is officially underway and with the Preliminaries currently taking place. Damage to Atemis Racing on the second day of the event.
The racing conditions were intense at the ACWS – Plymouth Preliminaries today, as thousands of spectators gathered on the Hoe. Winds from 25-30 knots out of the Southwest, with gusts up to 40 knots, led to some carnage in the fleet including three capsizes.
Artemis Racing was straight out of the starting blocks and the only team to deploy their gennaker at the first reaching mark. Sailing consistently from that point on enabled the team to round the headland and build a confident lead over the rest of the fleet which they maintained until leg 5.
However, one slow tack at the course boundary, followed by another tack in between ETNZ and Oracle Racing Spithill, saw the team’s hopes of a first place finish vanish. Upon completing the second tack, Artemis Racing made contact with Emirates Team New Zealand as the bowsprit touched the transom of the Kiwi boat. This meant a penalty for the Swedish team, which was compounded by damage to the wing when the runner hit the trailing edge as the team bore away. Skipper Terry Hutchinson made the call to retire from racing and the shore team has been working steadily to repair the wing since.
Commenting on his first day of racing on the AC45, Tactician Iain Percy (GBR) said; 'It was very fun – especially the speed and the boat handling. It was very windy today, but it was all still fair racing. I think everyone has a scary moment. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes that cost us the race.'
'I have always also liked the fact that in sailing there is a point that the harder you work the faster you go. I think that is a really important part of it. Push yourself to the absolute max and the boat is going to go faster,' added the three time Olympian.
Tomorrow morning the team will join in a local beach cleanup, then racing continues on Wednesday. ACWS Plymouth Open Results
1.Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) – 37 points
2.ORACLE Racing Spithill/James Spithill (USA) – 36
3.Artemis Racing (SWE) – 29
4.ORACLE Racing Coutts/Russell Coutts (USA) – 26
5.China Team (CHN) – 22
6.Aleph (FRA) – 20
7.Energy Team (FRA) – 19
8.Team Korea (KOR) – 17
9.Green Comm (ESP) – 13
Artemis Racing Crew List:
Terry Hutchinson (USA) – Skipper, Iain Percy (GBR) – Tactician, Sean Clarkson (NZL) – Wing trim, Morgan Trubovich (NZL) – Trim, Andy Fethers (AUS) - Bow Artemis Racing website