Artemis Racing snare Team NZ coach Rod Davis

Team New Zealand have suffered a blow with sailing coach Rod Davis joining Artemis Racing ahead of the next America's Cup.

Davis has a storied history in sailing for New Zealand and will undertake his ninth campaign for the Auld Mug with the Swedish outfit.

Davis, 58 won Olympic gold for the US in the Soling class in Los Angeles in 1984 and silver for New Zealand in the Finn class in Barcelona in 1992.

Artemis confirmed it is challenging for the America's Cup again and also announced that Swedish Olympic gold medalists Freddy Loof and Max Salminen have joined the sailing crew.

The star-crossed syndicate announced its return today during a news conference at the Moderna Museet, with the America's Cup itself on hand.

Artemis' entry in the last America's Cup was marred by the death of Andrew "Bart" Simpson in a capsize during a training run on San Francisco Bay in May 2013. It was the first challenger to be eliminated.

Artemis, owned by oil billionaire Torbjorn Tornqvist, is the second team to announce its challenge, after Emirates Team New Zealand. Cup officials won't announce the full slate of challengers until next month. Other syndicates expected to enter for a shot at sailing against defending champion Oracle Team USA are Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge, Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France.

Loof is one of the most successful Swedish sailors of all time and a long-time friend and sailing foe of Iain Percy of Britain, who is Artemis' team manager and tactician.

"I've been fascinated by the way sailing has been evolving over the last few years, with these new foiling boats and incredible TV production," Loof said. "I was really inspired by Artemis' last campaign and having a Swedish boat on the start line again, and being part of it this time, is very exciting. Winning the America's Cup and bringing it to Sweden for the first time would be something very special."

Overall, Artemis team members have won 11 Olympic medals, including seven golds.

America's Cup organisers are still deciding between San Diego and Bermuda to host the challenger semifinals and finals, and America's Cup match in 2017.

Team NZ’s Afterguard Rod Davis. Source: Breakfast


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