Artemis Racing confirmed today that it will relocate its team base to Morgan’s Point in Bermuda. Located in the island’s Southampton Parish, the eight and a half acre team site, situated on a 75-acre peninsula jutting out into the Great Sound, will provide the team with the perfect home to challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.
“We are delighted to welcome Artemis Racing to Morgan’s Point. This is a very significant development for Bermuda with the team bringing their full operations to the island. Morgan’s Point is here to assist the America’s Cup in any way we can, to help make this the best Event our shores have ever seen”, commented Craig Christensen, President & CEO of Morgan’s Point.
Artemis Racing’s plans are already underway to start developing its space on Morgan’s Point, with the team hoping to be fully operational there by early 2016. Mirroring the team’s current base in Alameda, CA, which once housed another type of flying boat – the US Navy’s seaplane fleet – Morgan’s Point was also once a sprawling US Navy base full of seaplanes. Over the next few years, Morgan’s Point will under go major redevelopment.
“Our sailing operations will be conducted in the Royal Naval Dockyard during the 35th America’s Cup in 2017, and we are very excited to be a part of what will be a fantastic event. However, the size of this unique historical location at Morgan’s Point will enable us to relocate our full operational base to Bermuda much earlier. We would like to thank ACBDA and Minister Gibbons for their support, which has been central to the team’s relocation to Bermuda”, said Team Manager Iain Percy.
Commenting on the potential home advantage, Helmsman Nathan Outteridge said: “The Great Sound is a challenging place to sail, and the conditions can vary significantly from day to day. We hope that being based in Bermuda early will provide us with the best possible preparation ahead of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017”.
Artemis Racing have been overwhelmed by the support from the people of Bermuda during their recent training camp there, and look forward to becoming part of the local community in their new Bermudan home.
The team will maintain a small build facility in Alameda, CA.
US InterCollegiate Sailors will intern with ORACLE TEAM USA and North Sails
America’s Cup defending champion ORACLE TEAM USA and North Sails are teaming up with the US InterCollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) to create an intern program for top US college sailors.
This is another pillar of the America’s Cup Community Outreach Programme – Endeavour – where youth sailors will be exposed to the cutting-edge technology and innovation at the heart of a modern America’s Cup team.
The program will see ten college sailors, five of the top male and top female, along with three coaches, travel to spend time with ORACLE TEAM USA in Bermuda as well as at the North Sails 3D Manufacturing Facility in Minden, Nevada.
ORACLE TEAM USA and North Sails will develop curriculum based off the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) which will include modules on the math and physics behind, sailing, sailmaking and yacht design.
Pushing the boundaries of technology is the norm within the America’s Cup and close collaboration between teams and North Sails has led to innovations which have helped revolutionize the sport for all sailors. The intern program is an opportunity to give college sailors an inside look that sailing is much more than what you see once the boats hit the water.
“As someone who came up through the college sailing ranks, I can see how valuable an opportunity this is going to be, to experience life inside an America’s Cup team and to learn some of the science behind sailing from one of the industry leaders,” said Matt Cassidy, who sails with ORACLE TEAM USA and is boat captain for the team’s race boat.
“We have some of the best sailors in the world in our college sailing ranks,” said Ken Read, the President of the North Sails Group, former America’s Cup skipper, and three-time College All-American and College Sailor of the Year.
“This program will show these student-athletes that there are a variety of options in the sailing world for life after college, by exposing them to two of the top professional environments in our sport, at ORACLE TEAM USA and North Sails.”
The college coaches will work with the ORACLE TEAM USA coaching staff to exchange ideas and learn what athlete performance analysis techniques are in place in a modern America’s Cup team.
The goal of the program is to reward academic and sporting excellence in the sport of sailing. Participants will be selected by the ICSA based on performance on and off the water.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for college sailors,” said Mitch Brindley, President of the InterCollegiate Sailing Association. “Being exposed to the leaders of technological development in the sport will deeply enrich their knowledge and experience.”
At least three internship programs are planned, beginning in October 2015.
About North Sails Group
North Sails, the largest division of North Technology Group, is the world leader in sailmaking technology. North Sails holds the patent for 3Di, a unique composite construction process that produces high-performance sails that approach the shape holding of a rigid foil. North Sails is the sailmaker of choice on the majority of America’s Cup, Grand Prix, ocean race boats and Superyachts. North Sails offers a wide range of performance 3D and paneled sails for cruising sailors and is the world’s leading sailmaker for one-design classes with more National, World and Olympic Class victories than all other sailmakers combined.
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by Peter Rusch