Comte de Mazeray Official Champagne for the Artemis Racing Team

Oct 09, 2013

San Francisco, CA - Comte de Mazeray is the proud official champagne supplier for the Artemis Racing Team, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup, which includes the America’s Cup World Series, Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Finals.
Marking the auspicious alliance, Comte de Mazeray created a 1.5ml bottle of the 24-K gold flecked champagne engraved in 24-K gold with the Artemis Challenger logo to Christen the Blue Boat AC72, featured in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup.
Throughout the America's Cup, Comte de Mazeray has been featured at several other private Artemis Racing Team events with special engraved bottles to gift to VIP clients/sponsors, and is offered to all guests in the Artemis Racing Club Hospitality Lounge at the America's Cup Park.  It was also the champagne poured for the Andrew Simpson America's Cup Dinner, a gala fundraiser celebrating the life of Andrew Simpson and his charity The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Artemis is the 'Challenger of Record' for the 34th America's Cup. The formidable racing team, founded by world-renowned sailor Torbjörn Törnqvist, was named for the Greek mythological goddess Artemis, known for her strength as a warrior and protector. His Swedish team represents Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS–the Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth oldest yacht club in the world.
Artemis Racing America's Cup Challenge is led by another world-renowned sailor Paul Cayard, who serves as CEO.  Leading the sailing team is double Olympic Gold medalist Iain Percy, joined by helmsmen Nathan Outteridge and Loïck Peyron. Outteridge won the Olympic Gold in 2012 in the 49er class, while Peyron holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe and is one of the most experienced multihull sailors in the world.
Every America's Cup seems to produce an emotional winner - the team that does not win the regatta but succeeds in winning the hearts of the fans. Artemis Racing has clearly been adopted as the crowd favorite.

Andrew "Bart" James Simpson was born on December 17, 1976 in Chertsey, Surrey, and lived in Sherborne, North Dorset. He was a two-time Olympic Medalist in the Star class, winning Gold in Beijing and Silver in London with skipper Iain Percy.
Between the Olympic Games in 2008 and the Games in 2012, both Simpson and Percy were on the afterguard for TeamORIGIN for the America’s Cup in 2010.
Andrew was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List and, after the London Olympics, he joined Artemis Racing’s Challenge for the 34th America’s Cup, but was tragically killed in an accident on San Francisco Bay in May training for the Cup.
The dinner, held on September 8, was a fund raiser for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which raised over $250K.
The special 3L engraved bottle of Comte de Mazeray sold in the Silent Auction for $1,100.

The America’s Cup Park, located at Piers 27/29, is the newest free public access park along San Francisco’s Embarcadero, open daily through the Summer of Racing in San Francisco Bay, August 6 through September 21.  It hosts a wide range of activities, including concerts, family shows, community and comedy acts, and live video screen broadcasts. Within the park is an America’s Cup Pavilion with a 9,000-seat amphitheater, along with a Napa Valley Wine Lounge, Nespresso Cafés, a beer garden, the Louis Vuitton Cup Store, the PUMA YARD, and a Hospitality room located within Club 72 where the Artemis Racing VIP guests—Cartier, Consulate General of Sweden, Ferrari, Golden State Yacht Club, Pacific Union, Sony Mobile and Visa—are invited to observe each race day while enjoying Comte de Mazeray champagne and fine cuisine.
Crowning the activities are the superyachts ̶-some of the finest in the world, ranging in size from 85 feet to 300 feet. Many of them entered in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. When they're not cruising, the superyachts are berthed at the America’s Cup Park for all to see.


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