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Has the cause of the America’s Cup accident been revealed?

May 12th, 2013

He heard a crack, and the next thing (helmsman) Nathan Outteridge knew, the catamaran he was piloting was airborne. As it rose and fell back into the San Francisco Bay, the 72-foot catamaran cracked into pieces, folding in on itself ‘‘like a taco shell’’. Then the Olympic hero was in the water, along with 10


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QUOTABLE: Serious concerns about safety

May 12th, 2013

“The way it [the America’s Cup] is now is not good. It is necessary that those responsible take note. Not everyone has realised that we have gone from a romantic America’s Cup to an extreme one. This Cup with the AC72s is too extreme, they have to realise it and change, revise the rules, everything.


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Who was Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson?

May 10th, 2013

Training onboard America’s Cup challenger Artemis Racing, crewman Andrew “Bart” Simpson, a British double Olympic medalist, died May 9 when the team’s AC72 catamaran capsized on San Francisco Bay. That was when Bart’s life ended… but where did it start? Andrew Simpson (Dec 17, 1976-May 9, 2013) caught the sailing bug when he was a


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A discussion of do-overs, mulligans, and other well-intended solutions

May 10th, 2013

By Rob Overton, Chairman of the US Racing Rules This posting is about redress.  Before we get into this topic, let me be clear – if I could, I’d remove redress from the rulebook altogether.  No other sport’s rules include the concept that somehow when things go bad on the field of play the results


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What led to the Artemis Racing disaster?

May 10th, 2013

A major investigation into the cause of the catastrophic capsize which led to the death in San Francisco of British Olympian and America’s Cup sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson will be led by the US Coastguard. Other city and state bodies, including those concerned with the port, safety, and sport, will be joined by members of


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Tragic America’s Cup death ‘an accident waiting to happen’

May 10th, 2013

The tragic death of Artemis Racing’s Andrew “Bart” Simpson was an accident waiting to happen, according to America’s Cup expert Peter Lester. British Olympic gold medallist Simpson was on board the Swedish AC72 boat when it capsized in San Francisco Harbour today and Lester believes that his death could be just the tip of the


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EVOLUTION: Not very good for the sport

May 9th, 2013

By Fin Beven It doesn’t seem that long ago, but it has been. It was 1958, and I was 12. I totally enjoyed sailing in dinghies, and still do. None of us had coaches. At Los Angeles Yacht Club, we had Naples Sabots, Guppys, and the DinKitten, which was slightly bigger and faster than either


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RBYAC: From here to where?

May 9th, 2013

This past weekend the American Youth Sailing Force team (aka The Force) became the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team to capsize an AC45. They’d gone out hoping for a windy training day and got just that, with winds in the high teens and low twenties. Setting up for a gybe set in a


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CLASS 40: It’s on like donkey kong

May 8th, 2013

The Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is a dedicated professional Class 40 race held annually in the U.S. The 2013 edition starts with a doublehanded leg on May 11 from Charleston, SC to New York, NY (648 nm), and another doublehanded leg on May 18 from New York to Newport, RI (260 NM).



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