Artemis launches from Alameda Point for their first America's Cup race

Artemis launches from Alameda Point for their first America's Cup race

Jack Boeger

Artemis docks out on "Big Blue," their new AC72. Photos by Jack Boeger.

Artemis is back in the race!

The Alameda "home town" team (from Sweden) set out for their first race in the Louis Vuitton Cup today and has invited the public to see them off this week. They launched exactly at 9:15 a.m. as promised via their Twitter feed (follow @artemisracing). You can tune in to the race today at AmericasCup.com or YouTube.com/americascup at 1 p.m. for the beginning of the broadcast. The actual race begins at 1:15 p.m., but the "pre-start" is usually the most important part of the race.

Today was an emotional milestone for the team, whose members suffered the loss of their teammate Andrew "Bart" Simpson and the destruction of their AC72 "Big Red" in early May. As the song "My Body" by Young the Giant played, "Big Blue" left the dock with their support boats while teammates, family, and supporters cheered from the shore.

Artemis has invited the public to come cheer the team off the dock every race day at approximately 9:15 a.m. They're asking fans to wear their blue and yellow and give the guys a cheer as they go out to race Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuittion semi-finals.

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