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Terry Hutchinson on departing Quantum Racing to go cat sailing with Artemis
Terry Hutchinson is to go catamaran racing. That is to say after a few weeks pondering whether or not to continue with Quantum Racing, which has a brand new TP52 in build for the 2011 Audi MedCup, he has instead chosen to commit to Artemis’ campaign for the 34th America’s Cup. Hutchinson admits he is not yet a catamaran sailor but points out that neither was the helmsman aboard the winning boat in the 33rd America’s Cup. Just as James Spithill did, he intends to fast track his learning. “Two months ago I did an A-Class regatta at home,” says Hutchinson, who resides in Annapolis. “About five minutes from my house there is a fleet of about 20 A-Class cats, so I went out and sailed around. “I think the unique thing about the America’s Cup is that it has always been an event of technology and an event where the team that best adapts to the current environment is the team that has the best chance. And for me if the ultimate goal is to win the America’s Cup. If it is in a Laser, then I’d better be a really good Laser sailor: That is my approach and my thought process for it. So it is in multihulls, so to go forward we have to collectively upscale ourselves and make sure that we do the best possible chance we can on the sailing side to learn as much as we can.” To this end Hutchinson has now purchased his own A-Class catamaran. This is perhaps an odd choice as a learning platform as it is una-rigged, but he points out that they are high performance boats and as it is also a singlehander, he can sail it whenever he wants. Significantly he can also afford to make mistakes on it. “A lot