Tuesday, March 10, 2009

TP52 Artemis launched in Auckland - Images

Photos by Richard Gladwell
The second of two TP52's was launched in Auckland this evening adjacent to the Emirates Team New Zealand base and with the Louis Vuitton Cup winner's own TP 52 in the dock alongside.

The Judel & Vrolijk TransPac 52 is the third for owner Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) and was built by Cookson Boats- the tenth TP52 to be built by the Glenfield yard. Artemis features spars by nearby Southern Spars and sails by North Sails NZ.

She was weighted tonight before her launch and was due to be inclined later in the evening. The launch ceremony was performed by the daughter of Artemis' project manager, Jared Henderson (NZL) Artemis will now start a two boat work up campaign with Emirates Team NZ through to the end of the month, when the yachts will be shipped to Europe for the start of the MedCup circuit.