Artemis Racing

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Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing boat.jpg
During the America's Cup World Series, San Francisco Round (2012).
Yacht club: Royal Swedish Yacht Club
Nation: Sweden Sweden
Notable sailors: Paul Cayard
Santiago Lange
Iain Percy
Craig Monk
Andy Fethers
Julien Cressant
Phil Jameson
Rodney Ardern
Sean Clarkson
Stu Bettany
Curtis Blewett
Nathan Outteridge
Loïck Peyron
Chris Brittle
Thierry Fouchier

Artemis Racing is a professional sailing team that challenged for the 34th America’s Cup. Artemis Racing is competed in the America’s Cup World Series, the Extreme Sailing Series and on the RC44 Championship Tour. Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS).


Artemis Racing won the 2007 Audi MedCup circuit and the TP52 World Championship, and were well known for their success in the RC44 Class.

Artemis Oman

Artemis Racing is led by Skipper Paul Cayard, and includes sailors such as Terry Hutchinson (Helmsman) and Kevin Hall (Navigator), both of whom have experience in various one design classes and match racing.

Artemis Racing was accepted as a Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup on 1 November 2010 by the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Artemis began competing in International America's Cup Class yachts with the 2009 launch of the Louis Vuitton Trophy.

America's Cup 2013[edit]

AC72 crash[edit]

On May 9, 2013, about 1 p.m., the first of the two AC72 catamarans the team was testing capsized and turtled in strong winds, resulting in the death of crewmember Andrew "Bart" Simpson, an Olympic-gold-medal winning British sailor.[1][2][3] It has been reported that Simpson was the second sailor to die during training for an America's Cup in its over 100-year history.[1] This was the second major accident involving the current AC72, following the capsizing of defending Cup champion Oracle Team USA on October 16, 2012.[4][5][6]

Preliminary reports indicate the Artemis boat didn't capsize because the sailors were pushing too hard or made a mistake, as was the case with Oracle Team USA's AC72. The problem was with the boat itself, either faulty engineering or faulty construction. The boat simply broke apart under sail, folded, then flipped. The Artemis boat had a history of problems with cracking of the carbon fiber in the twin "beams" — "the two girders that lash the two narrow hulls together". The boat had been in and out of the team's shop in an attempt to correct the problems. The forward beam — the girder in front of the sail — gave way during the practice run. The two hulls, no longer securely connected, began veering in slightly different directions. This caused one hull to snap just forward of the aft beam, and the mast, no longer held up by the high-tension rigging connected to the front of one hull, simply fell over.[7] The boat began to cartwheel, Simpson became trapped underneath the boat, and died despite doctors' attempts to revive him.[8]

Simpson, who won Olympic gold in 2008 and silver in 2012 in the keelboat Star class, was trapped under the Artemis Racing boat for about ten minutes, according to a statement on the America's Cup Web site. A second crewmember was also injured.[9]

The boat was recovered by a marine salvage company and may be a total loss.[10][11]


Artemis Racing was unable to race in the round robin of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, in working up their backup boat, and replacing the daggerboards with foiling versions. This lead to their first race being in Semifinal Race 1, against Prada team Luna Rossa prime boat. Their inexperience showed, and they had four straight losses, and were eliminated from the 2013 America's Cup regatta.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Simpson, GB Olympian, dies as America's Cup boat capsizes". BBC News. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Elias, Paul; Wilson, Bernie (May 9, 2013). "America's Cup Sailor Dies In Boat Capsize". Huffington Post (San Francisco). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "America's Cup Boat Capsizes, Leaving 1 Dead" (video). ABC News. May 9, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Coté, John (May 10, 2013). The San Francisco Chronicle |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ America's Cup boat capsizes, killing one, 10 May 2013[dead link]
  6. ^ Adam Fisher (May 9, 2013). "The Boat That Could Sink the America's Cup". Wired. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "What Went Wrong in the Deadly America's Cup Crash". Wired. May 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Andrew Simpson, UK Olympic Champion, Dies
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  10. ^ "Olympic gold medalist dies after America's Cup sailboat capsizes in San Francisco Bay". Fox News. May 9, 2013. [dead link]
  11. ^ Wired |url= missing title (help). 
  12. ^ Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinals, Race 4 ; America's Cup / NBC Sports ; airdate: 10 august 2013

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