SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 13, 2013 — After the capsize of Artemis Racing’s AC 72 in San Francisco Bay last Thursday, leading to the death of team member Andrew “Bart” Simpson, America’s Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray will review the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Murray has scheduled a meeting for May 14, including all four teams competing this summer: Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge, and Oracle Team USA.
“The meeting with the teams is a crucial next step. We need to establish an open flow of information to ensure this review meets its goals of fact-finding and putting us in a position to recommend changes, if necessary,” said Murray.
Simpson, a British double Olympic medalist (gold and silver), was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC 72 catamaran, which capsized during a training session on San Francisco Bay. Despite attempts to revive Simpson, both afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.
Simpson joined Artemis Racing earlier this year as a strategist, a few months after the team promoted Iain Percy (who had been his skipper in the Star class) to the position of sailing team director. Previously, he sailed in the America’s Cup with Percy with Italy’s +39 Challenge in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup off Valencia, Spain.
On Saturday, Artemis Racing released a statement, discussing the work the team is doing to review the accident.
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