Double Artemis success in the Cervantes Trophy

Crossing the Cervantes Trophy finish line early evening in Le Harve, France on Saturday 4 May, Sam Matson and Robin Elsey (Artemis 21) and Alex Garder and Dyfrig Mon (Artemis 43) finished the 110 mile race, their first race of the 2013 season. The Artemis Offshore Academy double-handed Figarists were placed 1st and 2nd in the 19 boat double-handed class, 2nd and 4th in the IRC 2 class and 6th and 10th out of 104 boats overall.

After what turned into a fairly brisk drag race from Cowes to Le Harve, Sam and Robin only discovered that they’d topped the class leaderboard when the congratulatory Facebook notifications started rolling in.

Setting off from the RYS start line in Cowes, UK at 10:20 BST on Saturday, the wind whipped across the Solent, blowing between 20-28 knots with gusts of up to 37 knots – slightly different to the forecast 10 knots for the start. However, the Academy skippers used the stronger winds to their advantage, having been training in similar conditions all winter.

“I don’t think we could ask for a better result for the first race of the season,” Sam reported. “I’m incredibly happy. The conditions were in our favour, but I certainly felt that all of our hard work over the winter had paid off."

Artemis 43 double-handed skippers Dyfrig Mon and Alex Gardner.Click image for a larger image