After the first race of the day, three boats shared the lead while Artemis had performed a superb comeback on day 2 of the LV AC World Series
When asked how his close friend and skipper of Artemis Racing, Iain Percy would be feeling after his team’s run of poor performance and bad luck, Ben Ainslie took his time to reply.
“Sunday’s racing will be for double points,” he said. “They could go out there and win both races and win the regatta, so I wouldn’t write them off.”
Which is precisely what the home team set out to prove in the first of the two races as Artemis Racing slid off the front of the fleet to win by a huge margin. No one else got a look in for the lead during the light and shifty conditions on the Gothenburg course.
The night before Percy had demonstrated similar confidence in his team as we discussed the problematic start to the team’s 2015 LV ACWS season.
“I’m in a very different mood than I was in Portsmouth,” he said. “It’s frustrating and annoying for the guys who have to repair the boat after we went aground and damaged the main foil and rudder, but it’s clear to us that we were sailing much better. At this event we are up there with Ben and Oracle around the race course.”
Just under 24 hours later and his team was back in the frame, sailing like many had expected and disappearing off the front of the fleet.
Meanwhile, astern the battle for second, third and fourth continued to rage.
Eventually it was Emirates Team New Zealand who took second with Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR in third and Oracle Team USA in fourth which left all three boats on equal points for the lead.
Added to this, Artemis was now just …read more