Meet Sweden’s Youth America’s Cup Team

May 21, 2017

Sweden’s Artemis Racing recruited a mix of sailors with extensive technical knowledge of high-performance sailing, together with young athletes who have the physical strength to crew boats like the AC45F, to create the Artemis Youth Racing team for the Youth America’s Cup this summer in Bermuda.

The trials for the Swedish youth team took place during the spring and summer of 2016, and the final team has been training together in Sweden and Bermuda. Their experience includes the opportunity to learn from members of the Artemis Racing America’s Cup team, which includes Olympic champions Fredrik Loof, Nathan Outteridge, Paul Goodison and Iain Percy.

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Rasmus Rosengren A 21-year-old student who makes his home in Staffanstorp, Artemis Youth Racing helmsman Rasmus Rosengren has earned the Silver Medal at the ISAF Youth World Championships in the 29er, several medals at Junior Worlds and Europeans in the Nacra, and was part of one of the youngest sailing teams ever to be selected for the Swedish Sailing Team. He is passionate about foiling and also has experience sailing the M32, among others.

Gustav Pettersson [skipper] Five-time Swedish National Champion Gustav Pettersson is the skipper of Artemis Youth Racing. The 23-year-old from Stockholm started his sailing career at age seven and fell in love instantly. He won the Swedish Optimist Championship in 2008 and moved on to 29ers and the Europe class, where his best finish was fifth at the World Championships. He spent three years traveling the world with the 49er and most recently has sailed Moth, GC32, and RC44 boats. Gustav balances his sailing with studies in computer science at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Marcus Anjemark For three years, Marcus Anjemark has been campaigning in the 49er toward the 2020 Olympics. The 24-year-old grew up in Gothenburg and attended Motala Sailing Academy, gaining experience in windsurfing and on dinghies, skiffs, traditional and foiling catamarans, and big keelboats. He sailed one season with Artemis Racing on the RC44 and three months with the Volvo Ocean 65, and his achievements include medaling at the 49er Sailing World Cup and earning 12th at the 49er World Championship. Marcus studies mechanical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.

Julius Hallström A European Champion in the 29er, Julius Hallström, 20, also has extensive experience with the 49er and the M32, and now as part of Artemis Youth Racing he is becoming adept with the AC45F. The Vaxholm-based student is also an avid kitesurfer, but he says the most emotional moment in his life so far came the first time he had a chance to foil. His ultimate goal is to win the America’s Cup.

Fritiof Hedström Gothenburg’s Fritiof Hedström, 23, has three years of experience sailing a full-time 49er campaign and has represented Sweden in events including the World Championships and the Sailing World Cup. Frit, who sailed Optimist and RS Feva boats early in his career and also has background in the M32 Series, began civil engineering studies at Chalmers University of Technology in 2016 and is additionally a sailing coach.

Marcus Höglander Twenty-three-year-old Marcus Höglander is a European Champion in the Europe-Class dinghy. He grew up in the archipelago outside Stockholm, but his passion for sailing eventually drew him to his current city of Gothenburg. Marcus has experience with most dinghies, match racing, windsurfing, and larger catamarans. Most recently he has been sailing the 49er and M32, and he is also in his fourth year of electrical engineering studies at Chalmers University of Technology.

Eddie Klemets Eddie Klemets’ career highlights include 2013 DN Iceboat Junior World Champion, Bronze at the 2013 Swedish Youth Match Race Championship, 2014 DN Iceboat Swedish National Champion, first place in the 2015 Swedish Laser National Cup, and Silver medal at the 2016 Swedish 606 Championship. The 23-year-old Gothenburg resident began competitive sailing in the Optimist class, then the Europe class and Laser. He attended the sailing academy in Motala, Sweden, afterward moving on to catamarans [currently the M2]. Ed is also a student at Chalmers University of Technology.

Axel Munkby Born 1994, Axel Munkby had a breakout year in 2009, when he captured the Swedish National Championship in the Optimist class and was third in Optimist at the Bermuda Gold Cup. More recently, the Gothenburg resident has earned first place in the M32 Copenhagen World Tour Event Bermuda 2016 and the M32 West Coast Cup World Tour Event 2016, third in the M32 Series Scandinavia 2016, and a ranking of third in the World Match Racing Tour 2017, among others. Axel is a sailing coach and has pursued studies in design and product development at Chalmers University of Technology.

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