Artemis Racing Officially Opens Bermuda Base

March 7, 2016

Artemis Racing officially declared their new America’s Cup base in Bermuda open and fully operational on Friday.

Hundreds of guests attended the opening ceremony held indoors, including Torbjörn Törnqvist, Artemis Racing team principal, Premier Michael Dunkley, local dignitaries, sponsors, local contractors, team members and their families.

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Torbjörn Törnqvist was impressed by the short time it took to build the facility located right at the tip of Morgan’s Point.

“I actually saw a picture of an empty beach and a few months later you come here and it’s absolutely fantastic,” he said. “It’s all credit to everyone who has done this. It’s a great concept, having a building like this and to design it to your purpose”.

The new home will provide the hub for the team’s sailing operations and contains a working shed for the two prototype boats and the final America’s Cup boat. The building also boasts a  gym, design and support team offices, and a two storey hospitality area.

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“We have laid out the base similar to our Alameda operation, where our whole team is basically on the same level. The design office is on the same level as the boat, the sailors, the support team etc, which enables us to work together more effectively and it gives the whole group visibility and accessibility to the entire operation”, explains Design Team Coordinator, Adam May.

“In terms of the technical set up we have a design office where we have everyone set up in connection to each other. We’ve got great interaction amongst the design team and the office layout allows a quiet flow of information between the different groups.

“Just outside of the office we have the actual physical floor space where we are setup to eventually operate three yachts with corresponding wings”.

Mr May continued regarding the advantages of moving into the venue early, saying, “Years of Olympic sailing has proved that you can’t beat exposure to the competition venue; getting to learn the place that you are going to compete in.

“That aspect is important in any major regatta, something all the teams are very aware of. It has also been good to get the move out of the way early and get settled here on Morgan’s Point, now we can focus on going forward and won’t be distracted later on at a more critical time in the preparations.“

Artemis Racing Base

However, Team Manager Iain Percy is fully aware that it takes far more than having a good base to win.

“We know it’s going to be a great training base for us, but you don’t win the America’s Cup by having a good base, that’s very important to stress. That said, it certainly helps and it is going to create an environment, as well as provide the necessary practical facilities, to allow us to win,” Mr Percy said.

The team said they have “been been overwhelmed by the local support received since being on the island, and by the professionalism of the local Bermudian contractors and partners that have made it possible for Artemis Racing to be fully operational so quickly.”

- Photos courtesy of Martinez Studio / RC44 Class

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  1. Jus' Askin' says:

    Welcome Team Artemis :-)

  2. Good news, now our unemployment rate will drop.

    • Mercy says:

      Even when your message is positive they still dislike you! Just pack it up- your name is synonymous with off the wall ridiculous rants!

    • Terry says:

      You must be paid by the same persons that employ Chris Famous.

    • smh says:

      Wow you are one sick, twisted, hateful puppy

    • one small step says:

      well I got a job on the site and now going onto another teams build. I’m not complaining.

      then again I’m not a loser

      • No, but I guess 2000 people cant work on the same job.

        • Truth (Original) says:

          …you do realize that the road to 2,000 starts with 1 right?

          Do you think he is the only Bermudian to have benefited fro A/C?

          If you can help it, stop being a moron.

          Welcome Team Artemis !

  3. BIG CHILL says:

    What a great night – We had a ball playing music for the opening of ARTEMIS….
    Americas Cup rocks !

    • Nice to hear, our $77 million is being used wisely.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Going right to the paychecks of locals, yup, horrible way to invest it… by the way, it has only been around $14m so far, and the money that was spent by Artemis was theirs, not ours.

        • In that case, why are we funding a wealthy elite hobby?

          • Truth (Original) says:

            TO PROVIDE JOBS FOR BERMUDIANS !!

            Really quickly…

            Wealthy people have money
            Money they spend into your economy (like when they build a new HQ)
            That money goes into the hands on Bermudians who are employed to do the work
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people
            ..who in turn, spend that money, and that money helps to employ other people

            Got it?

      • Buck-a-Roo says:

        Comfy under your rock? Good. Best you stay there.

  4. jahstice says:

    Greatstuff,Team Artemis.

  5. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Don’t worry OJ…after 2017 your little bit of juice WILL dry up…then you will have to walk around shouting your jibberish because you won’t be able to afford your electronic device to spread your anguish.

    So it shall be written…so it shall be done.