The Swedish team take to the water for the first time in light winds

Photo: Sander van der Borch/Artemis

Artemis Racing took their AC72 our for its first sail this week, in warm and sunny conditions with a light breeze between 8-12knots. Check out footage below:

“The goal was to get in four hours of sailing. We left the dock at 10:30 and got in at about 3:15 so we over achieved a little bit. As with any new boat there are creaks and groans and it gives you shivers up your spine as you hear it, but all in all a really good day. It’s been a long time coming for us,” said skipper Terry Hutchinson. “The next couple of days for us will be a lot of data analysis, in order to make the next day sailing as successful as today.”

Paul Cayard, CEO, summarised the day: “it has been a long time coming but we were happy to get a good day of sailing in. Most of the day was spent gathering load data, which we correlate to our predicted loads for higher wind speeds. Bringing one of these boats on line is a process, that takes time and patience.”