Sail Fast!

Just a quick note to say that I went for a fast ride across the Bay yesterday. Alain Thebault, Jac Vincent and the team took me for a ride on L’Hydroptere. The pictures say it all!

Photos thanks to Erik Simonson and Christophe Launay.

Paul

Artemis Racing debuts on San Francisco Bay

– San Francisco (USA) Artemis Racing hit the water in San Francisco for the first time today with the team’s two AC45s. The boats were launched from the team base in Alameda at 1100 and sailed until 1600.

The team will continue training for the next few weeks in the lead up to the America’s Cup World Series event which starts on Tuesday, 22 August where Artemis will compete with two AC45s.

Skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) was at the helm of ‘Artemis White’ and fellow team member, and Olympic medallist in the Tornado, Santiago Lange (ARG) is helming ‘Artemis Red’.

The Artemis AC45s sailed in the midst of the ORACLE AC45s who were also out training. August and September are important months to be experiencing the conditions on the Bay, as they are the same months in which the America’s Cup Finals will take place next year.

“Sailing on the Bay today was an important milestone for Artemis Racing”, commented CEO Paul Cayard. “The Bay will become our field of play for the next 14 months. It is good to be here early.”

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Venezia

Sunny but chilly day here on the Adriatic of the coast of Lido. It snowed in the mountains just north of here Tuesday night and the white hills are a beautiful backdrop to the racing here. Over 100 spectator boats ringed the race track to watch the fleet of 9 do battle in the 8-12 knot breeze.

On a personal note has been a lot of fun for me to return to Venezia where I lived and worked for a while in 1990 while preparing the Ill Moro di Venezia challenge. Venezia is a jewel of a city….maybe there is none more unique in the world. The city certainly has turned it on for this America’s Cup event!

Two fleet races were held to seed the fleet for Match racing. Artemis had a very good first race finishing second to Korea but a tough second race finishing 7th. The fleet is very competitive so nothing is easy out there.

Artemis were up against Team New Zealand for a 2 out of 3 1/4 match race series. In the first race, after a dial up by Team New Zealand, our buys did a lap around the committee boat to shake the Kiwi’s. Both boats were over early, but we managed to lead at the first mark and stretch from there to win by a large margin. The 2nd race was close at the start but we rolled the Kiwi’s again and that was about it for a 2-0 win for Artemis Racing.

The Artemis boys looked sharp on the boat handling and quite fast as well. Lots of hard work by the whole team went into that. Very nice to see!

Tomorrow will start out with two Fleet Races then the Match Race semi finals which will see Artemis pitted against Energy of France..

I am off to California tomorrow to attend my daughter Allie

CAYARD’S UPDATE – ACWS – NAPLES

A great day for racing in Napoli. The America’s Cup World Series was in full flight today with match racing and fleet racing. The winds were 8 to 12 knots from the West and there was a bit of cloud around. The rain stopped for exactly three hours and those were the three hours of racing.

I was the guest racer onboard Artemis today. It was nice for me as CEO to see my team in action from up close. The six weeks of two boat training the team has done in Valencia looks to have given them a strong base to operate from. Notwithstanding the fact that our AC45 crew is in constant rotation, the boys seemed solid and tight as a group. They won their match race against Emirates Team New Zealand, the first fleet race and were leading the second fleet race when they dropped out to be first to the crane for hauling the boat out.

This weekend was ‘practice’ racing, but still the Italian public made it down to see the action. Italy is known to be one of the most passionate nations when it comes to the America

CAYARD’S UPDATE – JANUARY 2012

Artemis Racing is preparing its two AC45s for an upcoming training session in Valencia. In November, we bought a second AC45 in order to create a competitive environment in-house. The two AC45s will enable us to train in the same manner as Oracle Racing currently trains, and as will Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa later this month. We will have our complete sailing team and coaching staff on site by the end of January. The America’s Cup World Series resumes in April in Italy.

At the same time, our first AC72 is well underway in Sweden, the culmination of many months of research by Juan K and his talented team.

Over the holidays, there was a lot of activity with the Jury. Most importantly, the Jury ruled on the collaboration agreement between ETNZ and Luna Rossa. The ruling, which was in response to questions raised by Oracle Racing, maintains some significant limits on the Kiwi agreement.

Terry Hutchinson and some of the Artemis Racing crew have just returned from Key West Race Week. They were racing with Doug DeVos on his TP52 Quantum Racing and won the their Class. I am sure it was fun for the boys to get out on a track that they know so well and mix it up with the great fleet down there.

2012 will be a defining year for the AC teams. Most of the important activities of the campaigns will take place this year. The first AC72s will launch on July 1st and each team has a limit of 30 days to spend training. It will be interesting to see the different strategies on how to use the 30 days.

Paul