13 May 2013

America's Cup: what now?


ORACLE TEAM USA (April 2013) commence sailing trials on their new AC72. All systems were go, and "17" quickly took to flight during her maiden voyage on San Francisco Bay

In the wake of the death of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, and the earlier capsize (and destruction) of Oracle Team's first AC72, what is clear is that the AC72 is an over-powered catamaran capable of capsizing with devastating consequences. Where we go from here, is far from clear. Should plans for using the AC72 even continue? More will be revealed in coming weeks.

 Andrew Simpson's death sparks America's Cup full investigation...
The events surrounding the death of British Olympic sailing gold medalist Andrew Simpson has ...
www.telegraph.co.uk/.../Andrew-Simpsons-death-sparks-Amer...

America's Cup death latest patch of rough waters for planners of sailing's biggest race | Fox News: "Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson's death during an America's Cup training run on San Francisco Bay last week was the latest and most glaring setback to befall an event that had already encountered its share of rough waters. Now, questions are being raised about the safety of the $10 million high-tech boats that can obtain speeds of 45 mph and how Simpson's death will affect his team, Artemis Racing, and the America's Cup itself. It's unclear if Artemis will compete, as planned, now that one of its two boats has been destroyed."

RPT-Sailing-America's Cup accident highlights risks of high-tech approach
Chicago Tribune
Ellison, an enthusiastic proponent of high-tech advances in sailing, then established a new organization, known as the America's Cup Event Authority, to decide the location and the ground rules of the next challenge. The specifications for the boats ...

Yachting: America's Cup future in limbo
New Zealand Herald
But the fatal accident, which followed last year's serious capsize on San Francisco Bay by Oracle, has raised a number of troubling questions about a race that was supposed to rejuvenate the America's Cup. The options floated since the tragedy range ...

America's Cup boat nosedived, broke into pieces
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The America's Cup catamaran that capsized in San Francisco Bay, killing an Olympic gold medalist, nosedived during a difficult maneuver and broke into many pieces, an official said Friday. However, it remained unclear why the ...

San Francisco Chronicle

America's Cup expected to go on after fatal wreck
phillyBurbs.com
Stephen Barclay, center, CEO America's Cup Event Authority, speaks at a news conference, Friday, May 10, 2013, in San Francisco. At left is Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO, America's Cup Race Management and at right is Captain Matt Bliven of the ...

America's Cup fatality raises safety questions
The Japan Times
America's Cup officials pressed on Saturday with their probe of the capsizing.America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray, spearheading the review of the incident, said he had scheduled a meeting with all four teams — Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, ...

Rough waters for America's Cup organizers
Cherry Hill Courier Post
SAN FRANCISCO — Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson's death during an America's Cup training run on San Francisco Bay last week was the latest and most glaring setback to befall an event that had already encountered its share of ...

Russian oil helps fuel Team Artemis in America's Cup
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
There's an intriguing story behind the Swedish entry in the America's Cupcompetition, the team whose boat capsized during a training run on the bay Thursday, killing a sailor. The Artemis Racing team is being financed by one man alone — Torbjörn ...

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Swedish boat accident clouds America's Cup
The Local.se
America's Cup officials pressed on Saturday with their probe of the capsizing of a catamaran that killed Briton Andrew Simpson, seeking answers to keep world sailing's most prestigious event afloat. UK Olympian dies in Swedish boat accident (10 May 13) ...

The Local.se

Sailor's Death Clouds America's Cup Future
Naharnet
The future of the America's Cup has been plunged into fresh uncertainty after the owner of the Luna Rossa syndicate said he was considering pulling his team out following the death of British sailor Andrew Simpson. Artemis Racing member Simpson, ...

Naharnet

America's Cup teams to meet, discuss fatal accident
KGO-TV
"We need to understand how did the capsize happen," America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay said. "There are many theories around the place, some different theories conflict with each other. So we need to find the facts, and I think that's what we're really ...

KGO-TV

New Technology and Risks Enter America's Cup - NYTimes.com
The death of a leading British sailor, the Olympic champion Andrew Simpson, shows how technology and modern danger have found their way into the ...
www.nytimes.com/.../new-technology-and-risks-enter-america...

What Went Wrong in the Deadly America's Cup Crash | Autopia ...
The deadly crash in the San Francisco Bay does not appear to be a problem with the crew, but with the engineering of construction of the highly powerful, but ...
www.wired.com/autopia/2013/05/americas-cup-crash/

America's Cup expected to go on after fatal accident - USA Today
After fatal accident in practice, head of planning says he expects race to go on.
www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2013/05/11/.../2152577/

America's Cup probe could change race - SFGate
The investigation into why a super-fast, state-of-the-art catamaran flipped and fell apart in San Francisco Bay, trapping and drowning a world-class sailor during ...
www.sfgate.com/.../America-s-Cup-probe-could-change-race-...

America' s Cup death: Boat broke into many pieces, official says
The boat that capsized in San Francisco Bay, killing an Olympic gold medalist nose-dived as it was changing direction and later broke into many pieces, ...
www.latimes.com/.../la-me-ln-americas-cup-death-20130510,0...

Sailing: Triple gold for NZL team at EUROSAF regatta
Voxy
New Zealand has sailed away with three gold medals at Vela Garda Trentino - the first of five regattas in the inaugural EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup. The five day regatta wrapped up overnight in picturesque Lake Garda, Italy where yet another new ...

Plain sailing as Saxton targets the Olympics
Bedford Today
The 22-year-old a former Kimbolton School pupil learned to sail at Grafham Water Sailing Club and has been competing successfully at internationalsailing events in Australia, New Zealand and North and South America for more than 10 years.

Bedford Today

Bill Sargent: Sailing glides into national, local spotlight
Florida Today
US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, has joined with the America's Cup, the pinnacle event in sailing, to produce a new website — www.startsailing.org — which offers an introductory view of sailing, the types of sailboats, the basics ...

Bay City schooner Appledore offers sailing excursions during Tall Ships ...
The Ann Arbor News - MLive.com
The Appledore IV, along with the schooner Hindu from Key West, Fla., are offering sailing excursions during the festival. The Appledore will have 16, three-hour sailingexcursions during the festival, but all of the excursions have sold out except for ...

Leukemia Cup Regatta: Raise a Sail, Save a Life
All At Sea
Sailing legend Gary Jobson (far right) has served as the national chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta series since 1993. He hosts the annual Fantasy Sail With Gary Jobson for Leukemia Cup Regatta participants who raise $10,000 or more at any ...

All At Sea

Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series - Fantastica victorious in Porto Ercole
Sail World
In the 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series, taking advantage of great weather conditions, the Race Committee in Porto Ercole issued three more races to complete the second leg. A very special thanks to the excellent work and hospitality offered by ...

Sail World

Galway 'Discover Ireland' Sailing Team Head for Scottish Series - Afloat
Afloat
The race is sailed over a course from the GBSC start line at Renville to Finis Rock off Inis Oir then onto Canon Rock in the entrance to Rossaveal Harbour before a finish in Renville total distance approx 60 miles. Yesterday's race saw winds between 25 ...

Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup - Light winds on Day 3
Sail World
'We had another great day of sailing on Garda, it was rainy with a chilly northerly wind between eight and 13 knots, by the post race pasta was very nice,' said McNicol. 'Today was again another good opportunity to learn the boats and sail in a ...

Sail World

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