Monday, November 08, 2010

Swedish challenge for the 34th America’s Cup

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing confirmed today the team’s entry as a Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, which will include competing in the America’s Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.

Speaking at today’s press conference Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America’s Cup. Torbjörn Törnqvist also spoke of the important role of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in the team’s challenge.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs, has a longstanding history with the America’s Cup, having had three Challenges since the America’s Cup began in 1851. KSSS Commodore Jacob Wallenberg stated: “KSSS is honoured to be alongside Artemis Racing for the next America’s Cup. This is an important milestone for the Club and sailing in Sweden. It is also important for Swedish junior sailors, as a project of this magnitude will inspire them and provide excellent role models.”



Over the course of the next three years, Artemis Racing will be focused on designing and building two AC72 yachts, while also developing a strong sailing team to compete in the AC45 World Series and the Challenger Selection Series. The clear goal is to challenge Cup holders BMW ORACLE Racing for the America’s Cup in 2013.

“We have been orienting Artemis Racing toward the America’s Cup for more than a year. With much of the plan for the 34th America’s Cup now defined by the Defender, and an early start for the team, we have a tremendous opportunity to mount a winning campaign.” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Paul Cayard announced that world champion sailor Terry Hutchinson (USA) will be the team’s helmsman and that the design team will be led by Juan Kouyoumdjian, well known for his success with winning designs in the Volvo Ocean Race such as ABN Amro and Ericsson.

Also speaking at today’s press conference about the new America’s Cup format was Richard Worth the recently appointed Chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. Worth said: “The challenger period has only just opened so we are delighted to welcome Artemis Racing to the 34th America’s Cup. They become the third team to officially join the event (after BMW ORACLE Racing and Challenger of Record - Mascalzone Latino) and we hope that, for the drama of a true sporting spectacle over the next three years, they will be the first of many. As we plan for new, exciting formats and boats it is great to have a team consisting of world class sailors under the leadership of Torbjörn Törnqvist and Paul Cayard.”

The next event for Artemis Racing is the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai, which begins on 14 November. Looking ahead to 2011, Artemis Racing will continue to compete on the RC44 World Championship tour, while joining the Extreme 40 Circuit and the America’s Cup World Series, which will be raced in AC45s.

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14 Comments:

At 3:34 PM, Blogger david said...

good news and good luck it least they are giving it a go which is more than can be said for the brits
you have to be in it to win it

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America’s Cup."

The first ones to step up - Go SWE!

 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

at the end of the day we may say that Onorato placement in Challenger series will be second in the best case!!!!

 
At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to be in it to spend $100 million+ with zero chance of winning, which is more than can be said for the brits.

 
At 6:07 PM, OpenID sunsetvineapp said...

In one way I think that Origin should have stayed but if you don't feel comfortable with the format then you will be on the back foot.

 
At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news!! The World Sailing League is now a reality thanks to Tornqvist... look who's talking about poodles

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/10/1107/

 
At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Artemis v TO: A Swedish Vallhund vs an English poodle.....

 
At 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could have made the video a bit more cheesy

 
At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Artemis! Obviously there are brave men out there that are not pissing in their pants in fear of Russel Coutts...
Wish you all the best. Bring the cup back to Europe!

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger david said...

an americas cup campaign was always going to be over 75 million and mills knew that the brits have got great sailers,woolston unit plus good technology and inovation skills really good builders and inovators but had a eunuch for syndicate head

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, Juan K.and Paul = the real dream team...

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David,

You know waht they say, a fool and his money are soon parted. Better a eunoch than a fall guy.
Hat's of to Mills for recognising a sting and getting on with some larger fish like London 2012, Spurs na dwho knows World Cup 2018. This guy has class and ability way beyond the AC

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hat's of to Mills for shitting in his pants and admitting to it.

 

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