Artemis Racing wins America’s Cup World Series in Chicago

CHICAGO (LOG NEWS SERVICE) — Artemis Racing of Sweden won the America’s Cup World Series event in Chicago on June 11-12.

On June 11, the first day of official racing on Lake Michigan, with winds too light and unstable to start on time, the substitute race from June 10, won by SoftBank Team Japan was scored as an official race. It was the Japanese team’s first win in the 2016 series

On June 12, Artemis, skippered by Australian Nathan Outteridge, had finishes of second, first and fourth. It led around every mark in the second race.

Rounding out the field were Land Rover BAR of England, SoftBank Team Japan, Emirates Team New Zealand, two-time defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA and Groupama Team France.

Emirates Team New Zealand retains its top position on the World Series leaderboard with 295 points as the teams prepare for the next event in July. Land Rover BAR and Oracle Team USA each have 285 points. Artemis Racing has 262 points, SoftBank Team Japan 259 and Groupama Team France is trailing with only 234.

America’s Cup officials have confirmed rumors that a final race of the 2016 America’s Cup World Series would be held in Asia in November with the announcement in June that an event has been scheduled on Nov.18-20 in Fukuoka, Japan.

The America’s Cup World Series 2016 includes three more events — Portsmouth, England July 23-24, Toulon, France Sept. 10-11 and the recently scheduled event in Japan.

The six America’s Cup teams are competing for points that count towards the next stage of racing for the Cup, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifies and Challenger Playoffs in Bermuda May 26 to June 12.

The America’s Cup Match is scheduled to be held in Bermuda on June 17-18 and June 24-27, 2017.

Reports from The Associated Press were used in this story.

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