America’s Cup Regatta Director to investigate Artemis Racing capsize

Following team’s AC 72 capsize and death of a team member, fact-finding review begins. Photo: Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch

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.

A view of the San Francisco waterfront from the Artemis AC 72. (Photo: Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch)

A view of the San Francisco waterfront from the Artemis AC 72. (Photo: Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch)

“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.

Artemis Racing training in April in San Francisco Bay. (Photo: Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch)

Artemis Racing training in April in San Francisco Bay. (Photo: Artemis Racing © Sander van der Borch)

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.

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.


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An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

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