Bermuda, 29 May 2015 – Further to the statement made by the Hon. Dr. Grant Gibbons to the House of Assembly, the ACBDA and the America’s Cup Event Authority can confirm that Artemis Racing are looking to move their entire operation to Bermuda as soon as this year. Presently their home base is located in San Francisco and this move would see Bermuda becoming Artemis Racing’s headquarters through the 2017 America’s Cup regatta. This would be significant for Bermuda as the potential move would involve many more people in the Artemis Racing team moving to Bermuda much earlier than anticipated in our projections.
“After spending some time here on the Great Sound it has confirmed our original thoughts that this is a tricky venue and being here, learning the race course, will give us the best chance possible to win the 35th America’s Cup” commented Nathan Outteridge, Artemis Racing Helmsman.
The full Artemis Racing team base will require a significant amount of land space and they are therefore exploring all their options for locating that base on the Island.
The recent decision to have the America’s Cup Qualifiers, Challenger Series and Final Match all take place in Bermuda continues to prove beneficial in terms of the presence that the teams will have in Bermuda and therefore the economic impact on the country.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the warm welcome and enthusiasm of the local community here in Bermuda and we are looking forward to making this our new home” said Iain Percy, Artemis Racing Team Manager
Artemis Racing have indicated their clear commitment to the Event Village concept, which will feature all the America’s Cup teams in one location for the first time, and, should they choose an initial alternate location for their main base, they will certainly move into the Dockyard Event Village early in 2017.
Peter Rusch, Director of Communications ACEA and Mike Winfield CEO of ACBDA both expressed their appreciation to Artemis Racing for their commitment to both the Americas Cup and for making Bermuda their home base. “We look forward to working with Artemis Racing, in helping relocate their full team to Bermuda and doing what we can to assist them in setting up their full operational base here”, added Mike Winfield.
Artemis Racing have been sailing out of their temporary base in the Royal Naval Dockyard for the past few weeks. Click the link below to view a short video from their first day training on the Great Sound.