17 May 2013

America's Cup Press Conference Replay (video)

REPLAY - America's Cup Press Conference May 14, 2013 - YouTube: America's Cup Press Conference May 14, 2013 @ Pier 27 - 2:00pm (PST) - San Francisco. America's Cup organizers have confirmed that this summer's events remain on track. In parallel with completing the final arrangements for the America's Cup, a highly experienced panel of sailing and safety at sea experts has been appointed and charged with reviewing the training and racing of AC72 yachts in the 2013 America's Cup. The Review Committee will make its recommendations following the loss of Artemis Racing crew member Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (GBR) in a training accident on San Francisco Bay on Thursday of last week.

Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, will chair and lead the Review Committee comprised of:
Iain Murray (AUS, Chair)
Sally Lindsay Honey (USA, Deputy Chair)
John Craig (USA)
Chuck Hawley (USA)
Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (FRA)
Jim Farmer QC (NZL)

The U.S. Coast Guard supports this approach and will assist as appropriate. Lt. Jon Lane, with 26 years in the Coast Guard and 10 years experience as a marine casualty investigator will serve as liaison. Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the America's Cup Trustee), said, "The America's Cup will go ahead this summer. We will see the world's best sailors racing at the highest level on one of the most iconic race tracks in sport." With regard to the Review, Ehman added: "The Committee brings immense experience and expertise to this Review. At a meeting in San Francisco this morning, the teams expressed unanimous support for this Committee and this process." The Review Committee will report as soon as possible, given that racing starts in seven weeks.

America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay on the Race's Competition and Tragedy - Businessweek: "I think it’s far too raw to be able to know the impact of this tragedy on the event and on the boats. I don’t want to prejudge anything. Andrew was a huge competitor. He had an Olympic gold medal. He had the brains to go with the brawn. He will help us come up with an answer. "

Death at the America's Cup: When did sailing get so dangerous? - The Week: " . . . Others say it's too early to draw any conclusions about what caused Thursday's deadly accident. In fact, says Adam Fisher at Wired, the early indications suggest that excessive speed wasn't the problem — the boat wasn't even in race mode. "Preliminary reports indicate Artemis' boat didn't capsize because the sailors were pushing too hard or made a mistake, as was the case with Team Oracle. The problem was with the boat itself, either faulty engineering or faulty construction." The boat, which had been returned to the shop numerous times to repair cracks in the beams that held the two narrow hulls together, "simply broke apart under sail, folded, then flipped," says Fisher. Before we condemn a whole class of boats, let's figure out what happened to this one."

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