In the first race of the day, the Swedish team took the lead from the start around mark one. They then dropped to third after the Swiss and German team moved past them on the first downwind leg. However, the young Swedes came back strong on the last upwind, passing the Swiss and then locked in a drag race with the Germans towards the finish, rolling past them on the final reach.
In race two they once again took control from the start. The Swiss came flying through the field on the downwind but Artemis gybed on top of them. The lead was extended on the upwind where they managed to fly their hull more than the competitors in the light wind.
“The first two races were decided pretty much at the start where we managed to get out on top. We lost the lead in the first one but managed to keep calm onboard and fight our way back. In the next one we lead from start to finish”, said Gustav Pettersson, Skipper of Artemis Youth Racing.
Starting the day with two straight wins gave the team a great opportunity to win Group A. After a bad start in the last race the team still managed to finish fourth, which was enough to secure the group victory.
“Now we have to refocus, analyze our performance so far and come back strong for the final round. Our goal in this round was really just to get through to the next stage, and we have really good confidence after our four wins. Still, we know we have to push ourselves even more in the final”, said Gustav Pettersson.
Nathan Outteridge, skipper of Artemis Racing is impressed with how the youth squad have been sailing the last couple of days. He commented:
“I remember when the guys first came here to do some training with us and we could see how green they were, and how much they had to learn. It’s been impressive to see how much they have improved from there. The last days here have been pretty light and I know from experience how frustrating it can be in these kinds of boats. But they won four races which is really good”.
“The beauty of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is that the they guys competing are all really good professional sailors. In our team there are a couple of really great athletes as well”.
Artemis Youth Racing are now one of the eight teams from group A and B that have qualified for the final stage the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The races that will decide the winner in the regatta takes place during two days scheduled for June 20th - 21st during the week between the final weekends of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.
SWE - 55
GER - 47
SUI - 46
FRA - 46
DEN - 43
JPN - 33