Artemis Racing AC tragedy in SF—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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09 May 2013

Artemis Racing AC tragedy in SF—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

'The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,' said CEO Paul Cayard. 'Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family.'

Andrew Simpson  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

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.

Sun up - 2013 Ulsan PWA World Cup  © John Carter / PWA

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.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

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: Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist killed 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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Jen French, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year to race in the Robie Pierce
Jan Hodnett,
Jen French (St. Petersburg, FL), 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist and the first disabled women to be selected as the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year will be competing in the Robie Pierce Regattas for Disabled Sailors. 'After a long, grueling Paralympic campaign, I really look forward to this year's event,' she said.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second AC72 capsize - Media Conference report
Richard Gladwell,
Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing have capsized their AC72 in San Francisco. Video shown on a local TV Channel shows the boat completely upside down, and with the wingsail smashed, in a similar outcome to that which occurred on the October 6, 2012 incident with Oracle Team USA. One crewmember has died... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - 500 days and counting to The Solent start
GOR Media,
The 2014-15 Global Ocean Race has surpassed the 500 days-to-go barrier until the start with eight teams from six different countries having already registered their full intention to be on the start line in The Solent on Sunday 21st September 2014.... [more]
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Ulsan PWA World Cup - Menegatti and Jaggi victorious at Jinha beach
Chris Yates,
On the final day of the Ulsan PWA World Cup, a promising forecast never quite materialized as hazy skies and cooler air temperatures inhibited the local thermal effect from kicking in. With winds blowing anywhere between 3-23 knots the competitors had to wait until 5:30pm before the racing began.... [more]
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Bayview Mackinac Race - Renewed emphasis on competition and sailors
David Stoyka,
Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club, one of the most storied and historical sailing clubs in the world, have announced the kickoff of the 2013 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The 89th consecutive race commences on Southern Lake Huron, just north of the Blue Water Bridge, Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video - Oracle's second AC72 sailing in San Fran
Am-Cam video sequences of Oracle Team USA's AC 72 sailing in San Francisco.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized announces 'Road to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup'
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 [more]
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Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston to host Laser World Championships
Marianne Davis,
International Laser Class Association announces that CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston) will host the 2015 Laser Standard Men's World Championship and 2015 Laser Masters' World Championships.... [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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Italian Olympic Week Day 1 + Laser Standard video interviews
Italian Olympic Week 2013 kicked off yesterday on Lake Garda, Trentino, with three races down for both the Laser and Radial fleets.... [more]
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Charleston to Bermuda Race
Debbie O'Hara,
Every two years, sailors get a chance to race between two spectacular venues by participating in the Charleston to Bermuda Race. That chance comes around again on May 16th, the start of this 777-mile adventure. This is the ninth running of the biannual race.... [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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Ulsan PWA World Cup - Glorious sunshine but no action on day 5
Chris Yates,
Day five of the Ulsan PWA World Cup was a day of teasing winds that saw the sailors experience a long day on hold, but ultimately the wind never quite materialized enough to allow the competition to resume. However, the glorious sunshine returned allowing the competitors and crowds to relax on the beach.... [more]
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159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta sets sail June 14,
Competitive sailing this summer in Newport will be led by the grandfather of all events, the 159th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Interrupted only by war, the event, scheduled for June 14-16, has continued its historic legacy for well over a century and a half, making it the oldest regatta in the country.... [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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Sail America posts agenda for International Sailing Summit
Rachel LaMarre,
Sail America has now made available an agenda for the 12th International Sailing Summit (ISS) to its website. The summit will take place August 18-20, 2013, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA, and is organized by Sail America.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - A truly international affair
Trish Jenkins,
The 46th edition of Antigua Sailing Week was a truly international affair, with yacht crews representing 26 different nations.... [more]
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USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign - Blown off the water
Steve Bodner,
Steve Bodner provides an update on USA 4's windsurfing campaign which is currently underway... [more]
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US Laser trademarks up for grabs?
Improper Course,
The following opinion piece has been provided by Improper Course, a blog which is a collection of the sailing education and adventures of two sailors on opposite ends of the experience and success spectrum. It ranges from the Laser Master Worlds to the local Laser sailing as well as a couple of other dinghies and the occasional keelboat.... [more]
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America's Cup Camaraderie - Video interview
America's Cup Media,
Genny Tulloch asks Nathan Outteridge, Tom Slingsby and Iain Percy how they remain friends without giving away any of their secrets.... [more]
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C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Regatta preview
Jan Harley,
The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta will be held from June 27-30 2013. Building on a decade of success in providing training and competitive racing opportunities for sailors with disabilities the Clinic and Regatta will be held for the 11th consecutive year at Sail Newport's facility in Fort Adams State Park.... [more]
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