The owner of the Italian entry in the America’s Cup said Friday that his boat will compete this summer, but he would like to see new safety measures following the death of a sailor on a training run last week.
The Italian entry in the America’s Cup sailing races said the owner of the boat is coming to San Francisco to decide whether to compete.
A week after the death of one of their team’s sailors during a practice run for the America’s Cup regatta, Artemis Racing held a private ceremony Thursday to honor their fallen friend.
The America’s Cup will go on as planned after the death of a sailor during a training run last week on San Francisco Bay.
A German youth sailing team has announced it is withdrawing from the upcoming America’s Cup regatta in the wake of the death last week of a sailor on a separate team.
Officials have not ruled out cancelling the America’s Cup Race scheduled for this summer based on the outcome of multi-agency investigations currently underway.
The 36-year-old deceased sailor, identified as Olympic gold medalist Andrew “Bart” Simpson of the United Kingdom, was “well-known and regarded as an expert racer,” said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.
The 2013 America’s Cup has faced controversy and setbacks at nearly every turn since San Francisco won the right to host the World’s premier sailing race 2010. Now, the death of a Swedish team member during training on May 9th is likely to cast a shadow over the event finals, which officially get underway on San Francisco Bay September 7th.
The skipper of Oracle Team USA said his sailing team is brimming with confidence as it looks forward to sailing on home waters before an enthusiastic home crowd at the 34th America’s Cup match, beginning Sept. 7 on San Francisco Bay.
With a traditional splash of champagne, defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA christened and launched its new 72-foot, wing-sailed catamaran on Tuesday.