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 11 May 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: May 9, 2013

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, Star - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for May 9, 2013

Tragedy hit the 2013 America's Cup with the death of double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

He was a member of the British sailing elite, that sadly has now lost two of its number, with 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist John Merrick's death in a car crash in 1997, and now that of Bart Simpson.

Bart was part of an era of achievement by Great Britain, that will never be matched again in sailing.

Two of the world's Sailing families are in mourning for one of their own. The Olympic family for having lost a double Medalis; and the America's Cup sailing family for having lost a great competitor, who looked set to become part of the next British America's Cup Challenge.

At Sail-World we mourn the passing of one of the characters of the sport, as well as one of its great achievers, and our condolences to his family and many friends.

Of course, the world of sailing is in shock at today's turn of events.

Andrew Simpson, Star - 2008 Sail For Gold Ball, Hilton on Park Lane, London  RYA

Death is sadly part of our sport, maybe more so than most, with the notable exception of mountaineering.

Every sailor that goes on the water must accept that no matter what safety precautions are taken, there is a chance they may never come back.

That is part of the risk we all take - from the novice Optimist sailor, to the Volvo Ocean Racer.

But that does not ease the shock, when a sailor gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and serious injury or death results.

Part of the attraction of sailing is taking on the elements, but also tempered by the sober knowledge that you never get a second chance with the sea.

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, Star - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011  Richard Gladwell ©

Only sailors understand the attraction of sailing in light winds and strong. Those outside the sport judge us by different standards, and with the benefit of hindsight.

The question is where to from here?

Already two inquiries are underway, one by the San Francisco Police Department. Quite where those go is quite unclear at this stage.

There will obviously be a lot of issues raised, and things that could have been done better. Losing two boats, and one death, in the course of eight months is not a good look in the eyes of the public or officialdom.

The point is that the AC72's are new boats, a new type of sailing, and we will all learn from it. Those lessons may go right through the sport.

Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy racing at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth  Richard Gladwell ©

Nevertheless the America's Cup Regatta must go on.

There are stringent safety provisions, which are already in place for the racing, It seems those were substantially in place for the fatal training session.

There is little that can be done in the racing itself. Maybe the wind limit will come back to 30kts. Anything else is going to affect teams that have designed and prepared for the regatta.

The bottom line, if a team feels that conditions are too dangerous, or they are not prepared, is not to race.

Yes, they will lose the point, but in the Louis Vuitton Cup Qualification Round with all three competitors at least going directly into the Semi-Finals, there is not a lot at stake.

Andrew Simpson  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

While one team may lose the point, by the same token the other team has to complete the course to win the point, and in the process may lose their boat. That is a risk that is always inherent in high performance sailing.

Simpson & Percy Star Gold Medallists 2008 Qingdao Medal Race  © Ingrid Abery
One thing is for sure, after today's tragic events, no-one can blame a team for electing not to race.

And in the same vein, everyone that goes on the water knows what the risks are. That a combination of a sudden gust of wind, an unusual wave, some gear breaking, and just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, could cause injury or cost you, your life.

Very sadly, Andrew Simpson has joined a long list of very experienced sailors who have lost their lives at sea, pursuing the sport they love - Hans Horrevoets, Rob James, Eric Tarbarly and Larry Klein to name but a few.

We'll update on this story as it unfolds. Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our website www.sail-world.com/nz




America's Cup: Second AC72 capsize - San Francisco Police investigate
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray will lead a review into the events surrounding the capsize of Artemis Racing's first AC72 and the subsequent tragic death of crewman Andrew Simpson. During training on San Francisco Bay yesterday, Artemis Racing capsized in winds between 18 and 20 knots. The boat broke apart and Simpson, 36, became trapped.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tributes flow after Gold Medalist dies in AC72 capsize
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing have confirmed that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Star keelboatclass, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has died in a training incident in San Francisco. Simpson was pulled from the water after the incident, and CPR was attempted on the water and ashore, but was not successful, and he was pronounced dead.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two inquiries underway
Richard Gladwell,
At an international media conference today, America's Cup Events Authority, Stephen Barclay, announced that two inquiries were running into the Artemis incident. The first is being conducted by the San Francisco Police Department, as is standard practice in any fatality. The SFPD have impounded the boat as part of their accident investigation.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized announces 'Road to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup'
Sail-World,
Kaenon Polarized, the Newport Beach-based performance and lifestyle sunglass brand, and proud supporter of sailing, and youth sailing specifically, has announced the launch of the 'Road to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.' The social media campaign following three very talented young sailors is now live on www.kaenon.com.... [more]
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Kirby files to cancel Laser Trademark and Sunburst Logo for Boats
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed the below petition to cancel US trademark registrations directed to both the word LASER and the Sunburst logo for boats. According to US Trademark Office records, these US registrations are owned by Karaya (Jersey) Limited based in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.... [more]
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America's Cup: Andrew Simpson MBE remembered
Bob Fisher,
Andrew Simpson died doing what he did well – sailing a high-end racing craft. He was a leading figure in the development of the Artemis Racing 72-foot wing-sailed catamaran for the upcoming America's Cup. Simpson, known universally among his fellow sailors as 'Bart', was trapped under the boat when it capsized on San Francisco Bay during a routine training exercise.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: May10, 2013 - USD on the rise
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 10, 2013 - Monetary Policy continues to dominate markets with Central Banks exerting complete control over a Fiscally incompetent elected Governments. The AUD now trades at a recent low around 1.0080 and may challenge parity as economic conditions deteriorate with a dramatic budget expected. The rise of the USD overnight pushed the NZD back under 0.8400... [more]
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Artemis Racing's Andrew Simpson dies in training accident
Lindsey Bell,
The RYA and British Sailing Team are devastated to confirm the death of Olympic gold and silver medallist Andrew Simpson after a training accident involving his Artemis Racing AC72 boat in San Francisco today. Simpson became trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost. Tributes from John Derbyshire and Stephen Park... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - Oracle's second AC72 sailing in San Fran
Sail-World,
Am-Cam video sequences of Oracle Team USA's AC 72 sailing in San Francisco.... [more]
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Zhik - Gear for the sharp end of winter keel boat racing
Ben Gladwell,
The bow of a TP 52 is hardly the driest place on earth, so unless you like spending your day sailing around in soaking shorts and a t-shirt, having some decent kit is really important, especially heading into winter.Ben Gladwell has been using Zhik gear on both the 18fter and the TP52. Here's what he looks for to stay as dry and warm as possible up the sharp end.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup: NZL youth Sailors ask for $50,000
Kristine Lederis,
For the first ever Red Bull Youth Americas Cup Regatta in September 2013 a group of New Zealand's top sailors have an opportunity to compete - and they need your support to help them win it for New Zealand. Led by 22 year old two time Olympian Peter Burling and his 23 year old sailing partner Blair Tuke, this team of seven sailors represent the NZL Sailing Team and Emirates Team New Zealand... [more]
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America's Cup: Television deals, details and conflict revealed
Richard Gladwell,
A spat between two America's Cup team bosses at a fundraising dinner has led to details of the America's Cup television coverage being revealed to Sail-World. CEO of America's Cup Event Authority revealed that organisers had been forced to buy TV air time in USA to to reach the maximum audience.... [more]
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America's Cup: Simmer one of three inductees for Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum,
The identities of three inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame have been announced. They include two Australians. All three began their America's Cup associations within teams in the 12-Metre era, two of them subsequently became instrumental in America's Cup event organization, two of them are still heavily involved today, and two of them have been Cup sailors as well as managers.... [more]
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NZ's Mark Littlejohn named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider coach
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Program named Mark Littlejohn of Auckland, New Zealand as a coach of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. Working directly with High Performance Director Charlie McKee, he will focus on accentuating the performance plan for sailors campaigning in Olympic singlehanded classes.... [more]
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Top Womens 49erFX team reflect on the opening stanzas in Europe
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech,
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech on of the top 49erFX crews in the world, recap on their first half of the 2013 European season: Hi everyone! Our first trip of 2013 has come to an end, and it was a great adventure. Everything from driving through 4 countries in one day, getting lost in old cities, over night ferries and training in massive waves and breeze was a worthwhile experience.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Team Jolly head for European racing circuits
Team Jolly,
2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in the Womens 470, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie report as they head for Europe, and the 2013 sailing season: It's that time of year again, and we are about to head off to Europe again for our first few regattas of 2013. We will compete in two warm up regattas held in Italy and Holland, before we head to the 470 European Championships which will be sailed in Formia,... [more]
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Pied Pipers celebrate 50year anniversary
Max Hawkes,
The first Piedy aptly named ‘Pied Piper' was launched in 1963, 2013 is the 50th anniversary for the Pied Piper Class.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - The Wave, Muscat victorious in Qingdao
Extreme Sailing Series,
In the third act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao saved its best for last on the final day and the pressure was understandably on from the first start gun with no quarter given on the water as the teams used classic match racing tactics to try and outwit their nearest rivals.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts and Dalton share their views on the Cup's future
Richard Gladwell,
The heads of two America's Cup teams squared off in Auckland on Friday May 3, 2013, at a fundraising dinner to support the 2016 Paralympic campaign of two America's Cup sailors, Rick Dodson and David Barnes. Here is the second of a two part feature covering the Question and Answer session between Grant Dalton and Russell Coutts, in front of a very sailing knowledgeable audience... [more]
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ISAF Mid-Year Meetings - 11 May covered with live video streaming
David Fleischer,
When ISAF holds the Council meeting in Copenhagen on Saturday 11 May, the meeting will be covered by live streaming on the web for the first time. SportsXstream, experienced in tracking and live video for sailing events, is pleased to be asked by ISAF to use some of this Sports Presentation expertise to support the sport at an administration level.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts and Dalton at odds over Cup television coverage
Richard Gladwell,
The heads of two America's Cup teams squared off in Auckland on Friday May 3, 2013, at a fundraising dinner to support the 2016 Paralympic campaign of two America's Cup sailors, Rick Dodson and David Barnes. Here is the first of a two part feature covering the Question and Answer session between Grant Dalton and Russell Coutts. television and the America's Cup dominated the opening rounds + Video... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing AC72 update 10 + Video
Beau Outteridge,
During the AC World Series event in Naples the AC72 was not allowed to sail. So Artemis Racing used this time as a chance to modify the boat some more. The shore crew have been working tirelessly to make things happen here. Mark Carpenter, head of platform maintenance, explains the mods and how the shore crew tackle the work set out for them.... [more]
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18ft skiffs: Steinlager ANZAC Regatta - Video from Saturday
Sail-World,
Top sailing video cameraman, Bruce Adams, was on the water to capture racing on the penultimate day of the 18ft skiff regatta staged over ANZAC weekend in Auckland (NZ) and sponsored by Steinlager. Three 18ft skiffs made the trip across the Tasman, which was won by Thurlow Fisher (AUS), helmed by Michael Coxon. Second was C-Spar (NZL) (Alex Vallings), and third Yamaha (NZL) (David McDiarmid).... [more]
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Secondary Schools Sailing: Light winds delay racing - Upsets aplenty
Hamish Hey,
Light winds forced a delayed start and early finish to day four of the Secondary Schools Teams Racing Nationals. When racing finally got underway it was all action for Round Robin 3. All teams in the Gold Fleet have completed 4 races and it is KeriKeri and Mahurangi that lead the way with 4 wins each, Marlborough Boys and Tauranga share 3 wins.... [more]
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America's Cup: Australia II full replay of 30th win anniversary story
Sail-World.com,
The full replay story of Australia II and the campaign to win the 1983 America's Cup featured on ABC TV's Australian Story... [more]
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NZ Secondary Schools Teams Racing Day 3 - Teams Racing in Full Gear
Hamish Hey,
Two teams have stepped up to challenge Tauranga Boys College in the NZ Secondary Schools Teams Racing Nationals on Lake Taupo. In conditions ranging from 8 to 15 knots last years runners up Lindsfarne College from the Hawkes Bay and KeriKeri both outscored Tauranga in the second round to close the gap and be placed second and third respectively behind the first round winners.... [more]
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Tauranga lead Secondary Schools Teams Racing Nationals
Hamish Hey,
At the end of two days racing at the NZ Secondary Schools Teams Racing Nationals Tauranga Boys High School has stamped a commanding presence on the event going unbeated in the first round robin. Westlake Boys High School (7 wins) and Mahurangi College(6 wins) lie second and third respectively.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's David Brooke leaves San Fran hospital
Richard Gladwell,
The family of David Brooke (NZL), a veteran of several America's Cup campaigns and Volvo Ocean Races, have advised that he is continuing a successful recovery after an emergency liver transplant in mid April, in San Francisco. 'Good news....We have David home with us at our apartment which is very close to the hospital. He will be treated now as an outpatient on four out of the five days each week... [more]
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