Artemis Racing went sailing with two AC45 catamarans on San Francisco Bay Tuesday, becoming the first of the challenging teams to train in the host city of the 34th America's Cup.
It was a glittering summer day in San Francisco - clear blue skies, moderate temperatures, with the reliable summer sea breeze the city is renowned for blowing near 18 knots.
"If this is what San Francisco has to offer, we're going to be very, very happy here," said skipper Terry Hutchinson.
The team went out for several hours this afternoon with two boats, something he says they intend to do as much as possible between now and the AC World Series in San Francisco, which runs from August 21-26.
"We're going to spend some time doing speed work, getting the two boats going fast. It's been about a month long hiatus for the sailing team, so we'd like to get in some practise racing too."
The team spent much of the past month setting up its base on the Bay and moving team members from Spain to San Francisco.
"Moving is a lot of work and an ongoing process," Hutchinson acknowledged. "We're not all settled yet, but the positive is we're doing this now and not in 8 months time like some of the other teams. I know I'm really happy to be here with my family and looking forward to racing on the Bay."
And he says there's another advantage to getting out on the home waters of ORACLE TEAM USA.
"We saw the defender go by with their foiling boards today, so that was pretty interesting to see."
Hutchinson also said the Artemis Racing AC72 is in transit to San Francisco but it was too early to give an indication of a possible launch date.