AC34: Somber Ceremony, Serious Reservations

Here are two team updates that follow the tragic training accident on May 9, which saw America’s Cup challenger Artemis Racing incur significant damage and suff the loss of crewman Andrew Simpsom:.

Artemis Racing, Kungliga Svenska Segal Sallskapet (SWE)
“Artemis Racing today (May 16, 2013) held a private ceremony commemorating the memory of our friend and teammate Andrew “Bart” Simpson. After eight bells, a wreath was cast upon the water by representatives of the four teams of the 34th America’s Cup. Then the morning’s rain parted and sunshine spread across San Francisco Bay. The Artemis Racing team thanks everyone for their support. Bart, may you rest in peace.”

Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, Circolo della Vela Sicilia (ITA)
“We wish to inform you that Patrizio Bertelli, Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, will arrive in San Francisco tonight (May 16, 2013) to follow closely and personally the development of the situation regarding the 34th America’s Cup.” It is believed that Bertelli has serious reservations about continuing his challenge unless significant changes are made to increase the safety of the sailors.

A committee led by Race Director Iain Murray has been assembled to review the accident and make recommendations to insure the safety of the event (click here for full scope). The committee was expected to begin their process today (May 16) when all the members had arrived in San Francisco. Click here for committee members. The review and recommendations were expected to be available by the end of May. It is expected that changes may be needed for the U. S. Coast Guard to issue the required event permit.

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