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Venetians Bid Farewell to AC Action

Last weekend’s Festa Della Sensa was a spectacular capper to an amazing week of AC45 racing and cultural pageantry. The annual festival commemorates “the city’s marriage to the sea,” and is said to draw “millions” of visitors.

© Ellen Hoke

With AC 45 races now complete in Venice, that ornate Italian city begins to normalize, and the Bay Area’s Ellen Hoke — who was deputized to cover the event for Latitude — is heading home. Before her departure, though, she sent these photos of final activities. Look for a report from Ellen in the June edition of Latitude 38, where she’ll share her impressions and lessons learned for San Francisco. Two AC45 events will take place here this year: August 21-26, and October 4-7, the latter to coincide with the Bay’s annual Fleet Week celebration.

Stretch out flat and don’t move a muscle. That seemed to be one aspect of Team Artemis’ strategy that brought them to the winner’s circle in the final round of AC45 racing last week.

© 2012 Ellen Hoke
The victors greet their cheering fans. Artemis Racing, the challenger of record for the 34th America’s Cup, won
the match-racing section of the Venice event.

© 2012 Ellen Hoke
Energy Team’s Moet moment after winning the fleet racing portion: Loick Peyron (of Energy) and Jimmy Spithill (of Oracle Racing) battle it out – this time with champagne.

© 2012 Ellen Hoke


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