"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..." Except it's the second week of January, and in spite of the warm weather, sailing events really slow down this time of year. Still, there are some races happening on the estuary during the winter months.
At the beginning, it looked like Emirates Team New Zealand was going to run away with the America's Cup. But then Oracle suddenly found their stride.
Artemis Racing foils on San Francisco during the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals. Photo by Dave Bloch.
A CURVE TOO STEEP
Artemis Racing ended its campaign for the America's Cup last Saturday with their fourth loss to Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge. It was the best race of the lot, and might have turned out differently if not for some penalties assessed against the team.
Artemis is back in the race!
The Alameda "home town" team (from Sweden) set out for their first race in the Louis Vuitton Cup today and has invited the public to see them off this week. They launched exactly at 9:15 a.m. as promised via their Twitter feed (follow @artemisracing). You can tune in to the race today at AmericasCup.com or YouTube.com/americascup at 1 p.m. for the beginning of the broadcast. The actual race begins at 1:15 p.m., but the "pre-start" is usually the most important part of the race.
Photos by Diana Simon.
Reader Diana Simon was on Alameda Point the other day, where she captured these photos of America's Cup challenger Artemis Racing launching Big Blue, the team's new racing yacht - and forwarded them to us to share. The team is set to race the yacht in Louis Vuitton Cup matches starting Tuesday. You can check out Diana's photos by clicking the arrow to activate the slideshow.
Photos by Dave Bloch.
Artemis Racing officially launched what they're calling the "Blue Boat" at a christening ceremony Monday morning that was attended by nearly 300 team members, family and friends, according to a news release on the team's America's Cup website. The Alameda Point-based Artemis' shore team has worked for two months to construct the new boat, following the capsize of the team's first yacht during a practice session on May 9. Maritime Report blogger Dave Bloch shared these photos; additional pictures are available at the link.
Video by Donna Eyestone.
Hundreds of America’s Cup racing fans packed the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex’s main historic theater Thursday night to learn more about the race series starting in July and to meet the members of Challenger of Record Artemis Racing, whose headquarters are in Alameda Point’s Hangar 12.