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America's Cup: We rate the 6 teams ahead of the AC World Series Gothenburg

America's Cup: We rate the 6 teams ahead of the AC World Series Gothenburg

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Artemis Racing

The hometown heroes?

Russell Coutts sums it up best. While all the teams are looking to improve, "none more so than Artemis, which has a boat stacked with Olympic champions," Coutts says. "They definitely have the talent and they will certainly want to put on a better performance in front of their home crowd in Gothenburg."

Can the Swedish team claw back from last place with just 11 points and become hometown heroes as the America's Cup World Series descends on Gothenburg?

Despite a much-troubled campaign for the 2013 edition of the Cup in San Francisco, the Swedish challenge Artemis Racing has retained many of its core staff for the 2017 cycle. Britain’s double gold medallist Iain Percy is the team boss, with the reigning 49er Olympic Champions from Australia, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, doing the steering and wing trim.

The campaign is awash with other gold medal winning talent, with Sweden’s Olympic Champion in the Star, Freddie Loof, and Britain’s Laser gold medallist from Beijing 2008, Paul Goodison, also on the crew roster. Former Tornado Olympic representative for Great Britain, Adam May, has been promoted to the team’s head of design and is backed up by French offshore sailing legend, Loick Peyron.

Whilst the Swedish team would love to do well on the America’s Cup World Series, its stated priority is very much on designing a fast boat for the Cup itself.

We'll have to wait and see how the racing action shakes down – and who winds up on top – when the America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg kicks off August 29-30.

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