Artemis Racing update

Preparing to get airborne

Friday April 12th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

With only three months until the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series, Artemis Racing has been busy training and preparing for racing, which begins in San Francisco on 4 July.

The Swedish team spent the majority of March in the shed modifying its AC72 and transforming a standard AC45 into a full foiler, in an attempt to get experience on a foil-born catamaran as the team awaits the launch of its second AC72, which will fully foil.

In April, Artemis Racing will continue to train on its foiling AC45, while also sailing its first AC72 and learning about all its recent modifications.

"This is a very valuable part of our preparation for our second AC72. We also plan to train with OracleTeamUSA on the Bay to see how our modifications have impacted our boat speed and handling," the team claims. "Time on the water is crucial for our team so when weather or maintenance prevents us from sailing the AC72 or 45 we have a small fleet of F18s and Moths to train on.

"While the core team in Alameda is focused on the progression of the AC72 and time on the water for the sailing team, selected team members are preparing for the last America's Cup World Series event of the 2013-2013 season in Naples, Italy. Artemis Racing White will be helmed by Swedish Youth sailor and leading Swedish 49er helmsman, Charlie Ekberg."

Swedish Youth Challenge coach, Bjorn Johansson, selected Ekberg, as helmsman, and Niclas Düring as tactician when declaring their team as a participant in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.

Last week, after three selection trials, Johansson selected the rest of his Swedish Youth Challenge team. These nine sailors will go on to sail in a DS37 match race regatta, over 25-26 May and an M32 regatta over 26-30 June, both in Gothenberg.

The final four that will sail aboard Swedish Youth Challenge with Ekberg and Düring will be determined after these two regattas and training in SeaCart 26s and M32s.

Swedish Youth Challenge Crew List:

Andreas Axelsson
Arvid Bildt
Charlie Ekberg Enlund
Jonatan Tengroth Ameln
Niclas Düring
Nils Åkervall
Philip Carlsson
Sofie Düring
Tom Gross



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