Fortunately, all other crew members were safely brought ashore by chase boats, but at least one other sailor was injured. According to reports, the capsize occurred during a bear away maneuver in the vicinity of Treasure Island. The team's first-generation AC72 appeared wrecked, with structural damage visible from helicopter footage and her wingsail destroyed, but Paul Cayard, the team's CEO, was clear in his press conference that people, not boats, are the team's foremost priority.
Artemis Racing is now the second team to capsize an AC72, after Oracle's first-generation boat capsized-also during a bear-away maneuver-in October. Fortunately for Oracle, all crewmembers were (mostly) uninjured, although the boat and wingsail were destroyed.
This is the second time in recent memory that an America's Cup sailor has been killed while training for the Cup; Martin Wizner of 'Spanish Challenge' was killed in 1999 when a piece of equipment struck his head.
Sail-World expresses our deepest condolences to Simpson's family, friends and teammates. Please stay tuned to the website for the latest news from this awful accident, as well as news on Artemis' go-forward plan.
And while this awful tragedy is casting a long and dark shadow on other sailing news, inside, you'll also find updates from the Charleston to Bermuda Race, the Bayview Mackinac Race, the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, and the Robie Pierce Regattas for Disabled Sailors.
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