Artemis Racing update

Terry Hutchinson on brings us up to speed on Torbjorn Tornqvist's America's Cup campaign
In Valencia the Artemis Racing sailing team has been busy this month with a two week long training session lining up their newly acquired second AC45 with last year’s boat - team skipper Terry Hutchinson helming one and Tornado double bronze medallist Santiago Lange the other. With precious little time to train on the AC45s last year before they launched straight into the three regatta America’s Cup World Series events in Cascais, Plymouth and San Diego, teams have been taking this period as an opportunity to get some valuable time in on their wingsail one design catamarans prior to this year’s first America’s Cup World Series event in Naples in April. While they now have two AC45s, according to Terry Hutchinson, they won’t race two on the ACWS until San Francisco later in the season. “There is enough going on at home and we have to continue to do that well. And it is expensive.” Artemis Racing also competed on the Extreme Sailing Series last year, but due to their Cup commitments Hutchinson is uncertain if they will be able to make any of the events in 2012. He was looking forward to Cardiff... “I did the J/24 Worlds in Abersoch once! The Extreme 40 was a really great thing for us and that whole series – I take my hat off to Mark [Turner] and what they have done.” The team’s principle focus at the moment is on their new AC72. The new wing sail catamaran has been created by Juan K and his largely Argentinean design team along with some heavy hitters such as former Team New Zealand design head Tom Schnackenberg, Andrea Ivaldi and Paul Bieker on structures, Steve Calder on sail design plus Brits Adam May and Owen Modral and a considerable number of specialists on aero