This summer’s America’s Cup has long ago distinguished itself with enormous change in the one-design yachts to be used for racing. Then it became distinguished for a fatal accident during a sail training run.
All signs point to continued unrest well into the Louis Vuitton challenger elimination series scheduled to begin July 7.
In the wake of the May 9 death of British sailor Andrew “Bart” Simpson, a strategist for the Artemis syndicate, America’s Cup Race Management, the America’s Cup Event Authority and all four participating syndicates have found themselves walking a delicate line. On the one hand, all parties want to ensure the regatta goes on as planned; on the other, doing whatever is necessary to ensure that an accident like the Artemis capsize doesn’t happen again.