More on the Artemis capsize


CEOs of ACRM and ACEA Iain Murray and Stephen Barclay attempt to bring us up to speed
Stephen Barclay and Iain Murray, CEOs respectively of the America’s Cup Event Authority and Race Management spoke to the press today. This, they said, was to take the pressure off Artemis Racing and to allow the team's grieving process to begin following the drowning yesterday of the Swedish challenger’s strategist, the popular, talented and much admired British double Olympic medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. “Obviously we’re all deeply affected by what’s happened,” commented Murray to start out with. “Bart was a mate to us all. At the end of the day for the America’s Cup, the people, the personnel, the team, on shore staff, engineers, etc it is a great loss and our thoughts are with his family. We have lost another larger than life figure in the America’s Cup that we have several of.” Murray has been tasked with carrying out a review of what happened in the incident. At present he says he has seen no video of the incident itself. However what he does know is that the Artemis Racing AC72 was out training on San Francisco Bay and that Oracle Racing was out with their AC72 too. “They were doing their own things and happened to be in the same space of water and doing similar manoeuvres.” At the time of the incident, 1300 local time yesterday, the tide in the Bay was flooding at around 2-3 knots and the wind was 18-20 knots and gusting a little more. “So ideal sailing conditions, flat water - a very typical San Francisco day,” said Murray. “Neither crew out on the Bay was doing anything they hadn’t done many times before. They practice, they bear away, they reach, they go into gybing manoeuvres and generally that is how they fulfil their day as they try to perfect the performance of their boat

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