Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup and represents Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS – the Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world. Sweden first challenged for the America’s Cup in 1977 and has challenged five times since.
The 34th America’s Cup is the first challenge by Artemis Racing which was founded by Torbjörn Törnqvist. Since 2006, Törnqvist has successfully competed in the Swan 601, the TP 52 and the RC 44 classes. All of his yachts have been named Artemis, after the Greek mythological goddess known for her strength as a warrior and protector.
In November 2010, Törnqvist decided to enter the America’s Cup, launching his challenge in Stockholm, representing KSSS. As the team’s leader, Törnqvist, a world champion sailor in his own right, serves as its driving force. As an amateur sailor, Törnqvist has been successful on the TP52 Pro Circuit (winning the World Championship in 2007) and is now World Champion in the RC44 class.
Artemis Racing’s America’s Cup challenge is led by Paul Cayard, who serves as CEO. Cayard’s career spans the breadth of the sport; he has won the Star World Championship, the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Louis Vuitton Cup. Leading the sailing team is double Olympic Gold medalist Iain Percy, who is joined by helmsmen Nathan Outteridge and Loïck Peyron. Outteridge won Olympic Gold in 2012 in the 49er class, while Peyron holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe and is one of the most experienced multihull sailors in the world.
The Artemis Racing team has a depth of racing experience: 135 collective America’s Cups, 38 around the world races, 21 Olympic Games and the 2011-2012 America’s Cup Word Series Match Racing Championship.