Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup, has named British double gold medalist Iain Percy as sailing team director.
Artemis also announced a new afterguard featuring Olympic medalists; Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge and Santiago Lange as well as Loïck Peyron, one of the world’s most experienced multihull helmsmen. Terry Hutchinson has been released from the team.
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Iain Percy, a double gold medalist for Great Britain, has come to the team off the back of a silver medal performance at the Olympic Games this summer and is already having an impact on team dynamics according to Cayard.
“He’s a winner and he’s quickly become the center of gravity of the crew. He’s a natural leader; he’s very charismatic. He’s easy going, but has the intensity needed to win. And we have Santi Lange who will represent the technical side and he knows what our priorities are for testing."
Cayard added: “With the America’s Cup racing just seven months away, it’s crucial that we maximize each day the team is sailing the AC72, both in terms of training, as well as understanding the boat’s limitations and attributes to be considered for future boat and wing development. The experience this afterguard brings is unmatched and is what will help the team succeed.”
Artemis Racing’s 72 was christened on November 3rd and the team has been training on San Francisco Bay in preparation for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series which begins next summer, as a lead up to the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013.
Artemis Racing hasn’t sailed its AC72 since November 19, something Cayard attributes primarily to poor weather conditions for testing. He says the team could sail as early as tomorrow (Saturday) if the current forecast holds.
1 December 2012 8:37 GMT