Opening Ceremony in Hamilton, Bermuda in October 2015
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 18, 2015) – After racing was cancelled on Saturday due to a lack of wind, it was all on today at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series as the six teams competed on the Great Sound for a one day shoot out. And it was Artemis Racing, which had struggled at the bottom of the standings in Portsmouth and Gothenberg, that grabbed the lion’s share of the spotlight.
The host venue of Bermuda was also shining bright, offering up perfect racing conditions, a large but controlled spectator fleet, and an enthusiastic public. It was a tremendous opening event in the home of the 2017 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup.
On the shortened race course, the three double-point races had three different winners with Artemis Racing proving the most consistent performer on the day to take the win.
The Swedish challenger arrived at the event in fifth place out of the six teams, but in the pre-start ahead of race two, the team was involved in a collision with an Umpire boat, incurring serious damage.
After a strong second place finish in the first race, it appeared Artemis Racing would be knocked out of the event. In the moments before the starting gun fired, the team ducked behind the Japanese boat, and as Outteridge turned up towards the line, he was confronted with an Umpire boat heading directly towards him. The closing speed would have been in excess of 25 knots.
In the third and final race, the Swedish team needed to make a pass on the last leg to grab a fourth place finish and secure the points needed to win the regatta.
It was a popular and well-deserved event win for Artemis Racing. It was a less satisfying day for Oracle Team USA, who won the first race, but then posted a third place and fifth place finish, settling for third overall.
Emirates Team New Zealand, with an impressive win in race three, extends its advantage on the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard.
Over 10,000 people were on the water to watch the racing as near 2,000 spectator craft ringed the race course. The crowds on shore were equally impressive and enthusiastic.
“This was a fantastic day,” said Dr. Grant Gibbons, the Minister for Economic Development. “There is a lot of local excitement now. People were out cheering for their teams today. Friday night there was a good buzz here. Front Street was as excited as I’ve seen it in a long time… A fantastic weekend overall.”
“We’ve seen Bermuda come out and put its arms around this event and I think it shows this is going to be a great event in 2017,” said Russell Coutts the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “We had three races and three winners today. We’ve had three events now with three different winners. The racing is competitive and that makes it compelling. I wouldn’t even be surprised if we had another winner in our next event. That’s how close it is.”
Final Results – Bermuda
1. Artemis Racing (SWE), Nathan Outteridge (AUS), 2-1-4, 52
2. Emirates Team NZ (NZL), Peter Burling (NZL), 5-2-1, 50
3. Oracle Team USA (USA), Jimmy Spithill (AUS), 1-2-5, 48
4. Land Rover BAR (GBR), Ben Ainslie (GBR), 3-6-2, 44
5. SoftBank Team Japan (JPN), Dean Barker (NZL), 4-4-3, 44
6. Groupama Team France (FRA), Franck Cammas (FRA), 6-5-6, 32
Series Results – After 3 events
1. Emirates Team NZ (NZL), Peter Burling (NZL), 122
2. Oracle Team USA (USA), Jimmy Spithill (AUS), 112
3. Land Rover BAR (GBR), Ben Ainslie (GBR), 109
4. Artemis Racing (SWE), Nathan Outteridge (AUS), 105
5. SoftBank Team Japan (JPN), Dean Barker (NZL), 100
6. Groupama Team France (FRA), Franck Cammas (FRA), 82