AC World Series San Francisco Preview – Artemis Racing – Red

Copyright Guilain Grenier/ORACLE TEAM USA

Copyright Guilain Grenier / ORACLE TEAM USA

Copyright Guilain Grenier/ORACLE TEAM USA

Note: With the second AC World Series San Francisco fast approaching (Oct. 2-7), we’ll be previewing the teams that’ll be competing in the lead-up to racing.

Crew: Nathan Outteridge (helmsman), Rodney Ardern (wingsail trimmer), Curtis Blewett (bowman), Paul Cayard (tactician), Phil Jameson (headsail trimmer)

Artemis Racing’s second entry in the AC World Series San Francisco is helmed by new team member Nathan Outteridge, who comes to the team with a wealth of experience earned over the past six months with Team Korea.

At 26 years old, Outteridge is the third youngest helmsman in the fleet. But his touch on the helm and success in the 49er are both highly regarded. Outteridge won the Gold medal in the 49er at the London-Weymouth Olympics. He also led Team Korea to third-place at the first AC World Series San Francisco in August.

“It’s great to have Nathan join Artemis. We have seen that his success in Skiff and Moth sailing have translated well in the AC45 racing. Nathan certainly has a bright future,” says Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Calling tactics for Outteridge will be none other than Cayard, a Bay area native. Cayard is a seven-time sailing world champion, a six-time America’s Cup veteran and two-time Olympian. Cayard was the first American skipper to win the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1998 on EF Language, and also placed second in the 2005-06 edition of the race.

Prediction: Outteridge certainly knows the ACWS fleet inside and out, but with Team Korea he had a tendency to put his bows where they didn’t belong and copped a lot of penalties. This is an interesting crew, however, and just might upset the establishment.