With the top two spots for the overall series already out of reach, the focus of the weekend was to build on the team’s good momentum and put in another solid performance.
The Swedish outfit made life difficult for themselves after a mixed start on Saturday, carding a 3,4,5. However, the in form team soon put things right with back to back victories in Races 4 & 5 on Sunday, and headed into the final race of the weekend looking good for the overall regatta victory.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, a fourth placed finish in the final race meant that although the team ended the weekend on equal points at the top of the table with Land Rover BAR, it was the Brits who took the regatta victory on countback.
Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, commented, “Although it’s frustrating to miss out on the win by the closest of margins, it was still a great day for us. We were getting off the line far better than yesterday, and were making good calls at Mark 1.
This World Series has taught us a lot of valuable lessons, and to be able to finish it off with a first and a second is very satisfying. It gives us a lot of confidence as we move closer to launching the AC50”, continued Nathan.
A fourth place finish overall doesn’t really tell the full story, or do justice to just how well the team has sailed over the past 12 months. With three event victories, only second to Land Rover BAR’s four victories, Team Manager & Tactician, Iain Percy, was quick to press on the clear improvements made by the team.
“We came into this series having only raced together four times, and now we have a further 40 races under our belts. These events have definitely helped us to gel as a unit, and as I said, the last three events we’ve sailed with Nathan driving, we’ve had two firsts and a second, it feels like it’s all coming together at the right time”.
Focus now moves to continuing training on the AC45 ‘Turbo’ test boats, and shortly the AC50. The experience of the last few months will hold the team in good stead, as the pressure starts to mount ahead of the AC finals.
“Although the Turbos (and AC50) are very different boats, this series has offered an opportunity to get race sharp. The communication under pressure, the relationship between myself and Nathan regarding how decisions get made; these kind of things are still very comparable”.
Artemis Racing will look back at missed opportunities during the season as a whole, but after another strong performance today, the team will be in a buoyant mood as they return to Bermuda to continue their preparations.
REGATTA & EVENT WIN STATISTICS
LVACWS Regatta Wins (total of 9 events)
4 Land Rover BAR
3 Artemis Racing
2 Emirates Team New Zealand
0 Groupama Team France, Oracle Team USA, Softbank Team Japan
LVACWS Race Wins (total of 40 races):
10 Land Rover BAR
9 Artemis Racing
7 Oracle Team USA
6 Emirates Team New Zealand
4 Groupama Team France, Softbank Team Japan