After winning Qualifying Group 1, the young Swedes were feeling confident heading into the finals of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. However, two devastating penalties meant the team narrowly missed out of a podium finish.

Artemis Youth Racing had a good start of the day and finished second in the first race thanks to solid maneuvers. In race two the young Swedes struggled in the middle of the field and then suffered badly from a penalty in a tight rounding before the final leg. Ending up last, they fell down on the scoreboard and needed a good result in race six in order to get a much desired spot on the podium.

In a tight start of the deciding race, Artemis Youth Racing gained a lot of pace following New Zealand and Germany at the top. The team managed to hold off the hunting pack behind, and closed in on the Germans, passing them on leg five. The battle for second position continued to the final leg where the Swedes received a penalty at the final gate. Forced to slow down the team saw four competitors roll pass them, ending the day with a sixth.

“It felt like we had a tough day yesterday and we came out on the water really stoked for the last three races, fully focused on getting good starts. We managed that in the first race and had good speed around the course which gave us a second place”, said Gustav Pettersson, skipper of Artemis Youth Racing.

“The second race was tough for us, which placed added pressure for the last start. We were in a good position for most of the race, and in second at the last rounding, but then we did a bad gybe which gave the right of way to the Germans around the mark. We felt like we gave them enough room, but we didn’t, and that cost us a place on the podium”.

The young Swedes will take heart from their strong performances, and the experience will provide a platform for the group to push on in their respective campaigns. A number of the team will return to preparing for Tokyo 2020, whilst the rest will pursue other racing  opportunities, including competing in the Swedish M32 Series for KSSS, taking place later this summer.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was launched in 2013, and a number of sailors from that first edition are now on boats in the 35th America’s Cup, including Artemis Racing’s own Luke Parkinson and Andreas Axelsson.


Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals Results

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) - 50p

NZL Sailing Team (NZL) - 48p

Team Tilt (SUI) - 42p

Artemis Youth Racing (SWE)  - 37p

Team France Jeune (FRA) - 35p

Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (ESP) - 34p

SVB Team Germany (GER) - 33p

Team BDA (BER) - 33p


Qualifying Results: Group A

Artemis Youth Racing (SWE) - 55p

SVB Team Germany (GER)- 47p

Team Tilt (SUI) - 46p

Team France Jeune (FRA) - 46p

Youth Vikings Denmark (DEN) - 43p

Kaijin Team Japan (JPN) - 33p


Qualifying Results: Group B

NZL Sailing Team (NZL) - 51p

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) - 51p

Spanish Impulse Team (ESP) - 51p

Team BDA (BDA) - 45p

Next Generation USA (USA)- 36p

Candidate Sailing Team (AUS) - 36p