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Artemis Sails New AC72 Catamaran For 1st Time In SF Bay

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Artemis Racing's Big Blue AC72 sails in San Francisco Bay. (Photo © ACEA / PHOTO GILLES MARTIN-RA)

Artemis Racing’s Big Blue AC72 sails in San Francisco Bay. (Photo © ACEA / PHOTO GILLES MARTIN-RA)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — America’s Cup challenger Artemis Racing has sailed its new 72-foot catamaran for the first time, 2 1/2 months after Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed in a capsize that destroyed the syndicate’s first boat.

Helmsman Nathan Outteridge called it “a massive tribute to all the guys who have been working so hard to get us back out there.”

The boat, named “Big Blue” for the color of its twin hulls, rode up on hydrofoils in wind as strong as 15 knots on San Francisco Bay on Wednesday.

Artemis hopes to be competing by Aug. 6, the opening race of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals.

Artemis will inspect the boat and make adjustments before deciding whether it resumes sailing Thursday.

Officials have yet to say what caused the capsize May 9 that killed Simpson, a two-time Olympic medalist.

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

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