Artemis takes on Palmavela
The 2010 racing season started off well for Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis, winning the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy in February in Dubai before heading to Auckland for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The next stop for the Artemis Sailing Team is Palmavela, the first TP52 event of the year.
Having undergone a series of modifications and upgrades to comply with the 2010 class rules, TP52 Artemis is ready to compete against a selection of the top teams in professional sailing when Palmavela commences on 14 April.
Joining Owner and Skipper Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) onboard the TP52 again this year as Tactician is Paul Cayard. Other additions to the team include winners of the 33rd America’s Cup; Michele Ivaldi (ITA) as Navigator, Grinder Joe Spooner (NZL) and Trimmer Daniel Fong (NZL).
Commenting on the modifications to the TP52, Team Manager Jared ‘Beach’ Hendersen (NZL) said, “We are looking forward to getting back out on the water in a few days time. The shore team have spent a lot of time and have done a great job optimising the TP52 over the winter. In particular, it will be interesting to see how the TP performs with the new bowsprit and sail plan.”
Following on from Palmavela, Artemis will head to Austria for the RCC4 Austria Cup and the next TP52 compete in the prestigious Audi MedCup Ciruit which includes five events the first of which takes place in Cascais, Portugal from 11-16 May.
The crew onboard the TP52 ARTEMIS includes: Torbjorn Tornqvist (Owner/Skipper), Paul Cayard (Tactician), Michele Ivaldi (Navigator), Noel Drennan (Main), Joe Spooner (Grinder), Robbie Naismith (Trimmer), Daniel Fong (Trimmer), Ian Baker (Grinder), Cameron Appleton (Strategist), Jared Hendersen (Pit), Andy Fethers (Bow) and Cam Marshall (Sewer).