Artemis take Toulon
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Competing in the penultimate Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series event in Toulon on Spetember 11 last year, Artemis Racing became the second team to secure three regatta victories.
The Swedish challengers were the most consistent in the light-air conditions, finishing five-points clear of second-placed SoftBank Team Japan, whose impressive fight back fell just short of glory.
Land Rover BAR, the only other team with three regatta wins, placed third to extend their lead in the overall world series standings to 14 points over nearest rivals Oracle Team USA, the America's Cup defender.
With skipper Nathan Outteridge at the helm, and Iain Percy, the tactician and sailing team manager, calling the shots, Artemis posted a first, third and fifth on the Sunday, which was good enough to secure a second regatta victory this year, having also triumphed at the World Series Chicago in June.
“Very happy indeed!” Outteridge said. “To come away with a win in Toulon in what were very light, difficult conditions is good.
“Our boat handling skills in light winds were a bit of a weakness and we've been preparing for a while now for dealing with exactly these sorts of conditions so when you've put that much time and effort into preparing for a certain wind range, you kind of want it, and that's what we got this weekend.”