Nathan Outteridge and his Artemis Racing team-mates will hope that Bermuda yields further riches for them when the D-6 Flying Phantom Series finale starts in the Great Sound on Tuesday.
Artemis won the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda at the same venue last month, and will be looking for a second straight regatta victory.
“It’s great for us to go back to Bermuda,” Outteridge, the Olympic gold-medal winner, said. “The last time I was there was for the World Series regatta and we all have very fond memories of Bermuda and enjoyed the racing there, so we are hoping to sail just as well as we did then.”
Artemis, the sole America’s Cup team registered, have entered two teams in the four-day regatta with Outteridge teaming up with Iain Jensen, and Luke Parkinson and Ayden Menzies sailing the team’s other Phantom.
“It will be good to have two boats and hopefully we can get a couple of days of training before the event,” Outteridge said.
Outteridge and Jensen will enter the regatta fresh off a silver-medal win at this month’s 49er World Championships in Buenos Aires, which was won by Emirates Team New Zealand pair and ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.
Outteridge and his colleagues will be familiar with the local conditions having trained extensively in the Great Sound this summer in the team’s AC45S test boat and foiling Phantom, as well as racing in the World Series in the one-design AC45F.
“It will be great practice for us on the racecourse under racing circumstances as opposed to just training,” Outteridge said.
“Hopefully the weather is nice to us and we don’t have any storms and we get some good racing in.”
Much has changed since Outteridge’s previous visit to Bermuda with the team’s base at Morgan’s Point taking shape.
“It’s great to see progress is being made for our team with Morgan’s Point,” the Australian said. “It would be good to check that out and start familiarising ourselves with that venue.”
The Flying Phantom regatta will feature more than 13 teams from Europe and the United States.
“It sounds like they are bringing in a pretty strong international team of boats so I think it will be a good event,” Outteridge said.
This story appeared in The Royal Gazette on November 27th, 2015.