- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 20:31
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22-June-2012. Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of Artemis Racing, took his team out for an 'easy' sail on a scorching Thursday afternoon in Newport, for their first training session here.With temperatures pushing 100 degrees, flying along the water was the place to be. For Hutchinson, the American skipper of the Swedish challenger, coming to Newport is a sort of homecoming - he lived here for six years.
"It's great to be back in Newport, Rhode Island," Hutchinson said. "This was the home of the America's Cup for such a long time and so to be back here where it all originated, it's really going to be a special time.
"I expect, given the maritime culture and tradition here, that we're going to have great crowds out at Fort Adams and I can't imagine it will be anything different than what we experienced in Italy."
For Hutchinson, Newport represents an opportunity to lock down the 2011-12 AC World Series Match Racing Championship. Artemis Racing has won the last two match racing events in Naples and Venice to grab the lead. In the overall 2011-12 standings (combined fleet and match racing results) Artemis Racing is in third place.
"I think we have a really good opportunity ahead of us and we're really looking forward to going out and executing and working hard on refining our processes on the boat and getting consistent in how we do things over and over again," he said. "The fleet racing has been an achilles heel and it's no more complicated than getting the boat off the start line well and that's on me so I'm looking forward to six more opportunities to improve upon that and keep pushing Artemis Racing forward."
That push began today, with the first, easy training session as the guys work through their jet lag. It steps up in intensity beginning on Friday.
"Training in isolation is never as exciting as going out racing with other boats. So tomorrow (Friday) we're going to go out and train some with Emirates Team New Zealand and then with ORACLE TEAM USA the next day and we'll try to find someone for Sunday. I think everyone realizes there's a lot to play for here."
To that end, Artemis was joined on the water today by Team Korea, Luna Rossa Challenge, Energy Team and Emirates Team New Zealand.