Artemis advance to Match Racing Finals
2012-05-24 - America's Cup
Artemis Racing defeat Energy Team to move into Match Racing Finals.
Artemis Racing was back in form today, winning one of the fleet races plus both match races against Loick Peyron’s Energy Team, to progress to the Match Racing Finals tomorrow.
“Yesterday was disappointing, but we debriefed it intensely. It was nice to come back today and sail in the way that we know how to sail. It was a really good team day,” said Skipper Terry Hutchinson.
Having won the Match Racing in Naples a few weeks ago, Artemis leads the Match Racing Championships and is the only team to have been in the match racing semi-finals of each of the five World Series events to date.
Terry Hutchinson and the team will line up against Chris Draper’s Luna Rossa – Piranha in the finals first thing tomorrow, before the speed trials and “Super Sunday” fleet race.
“We were looking across today at one of the greatest legends in our sport in Loick. It wasn’t easy out there,” said Hutchinson. “Tomorrow we’ll be up against another really good, well sailed team in Luna Rossa. Those guys are on their game. We are going to have our work cut out for us.”
“Internally and externally we have high expectations for ourselves. We also have a tremendous amount of experience in our team. Within that we have to remind ourselves that we are actually a very new team. We have been at this for 18 months, but that doesn’t seem to soften the expectations. These opportunities and the pressure with the crew rotation are going to make us better. I’m happy to give up a little in the short term with a view make the team strong, because I know that is going to be what makes us win the America’s Cup,” said Hutchinson.
Artemis Racing Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup. Artemis Racing competes in the America’s Cup World Series, RC44 Championship Tour and Vulcain Trophy. www.artemisracing.com