"Can’t live your life in your sock drawer"
After the death of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson last week during a training session with Artemis Racing’s AC72 on San Francisco Bay, there has been some speculation about both the America’s Cup and the Youth America’s Cup.
Objective Australia, Australia’sentry in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, has reaffirmed that the team is proceeding as planned for the September event in San Francisco.
Team Principal and Objective Corporation CEO Tony Walls said: “Firstly, on behalf of the Objective Australia team, I would like to extend our condolences to Andrew’s wife and family. We also know many of his teammates and hope they too are finding strength at this time.
“The safety of all the sailing athletesis of paramount importance and we have every confidence that the America’s Cup Event Authority and the America’s Cup Race Management will redouble their efforts to ensure that these regattasare as safe as reasonably possible.
“Whilst the One Design AC45s being used for the Youth America’s Cup are at the leading edge of sailing and are very demanding on their crews, they have been extensively race proven over the past three years without serious incident. Prior to us having access to these boats again in August, they will have undergone rigorous safety checks by the event organisers to ensure they are 100% good to go.
“You can’t live your life in your sock drawer, and in our eyes, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has already established itself as a ‘safety first’ event. Our team sailed the AC45s in the February selection series when we qualified for the main event. The focus by eventmanagement on the preparation and proper training of the athletesin handling these boats has impressed usall. They wouldn’t let us near
the AC45s until we proved that we knew what we were doing and even then we had Russell Coutts and
Darren Bundock personally ensuring that we learned how to handle the boats properly. When we go
back in August we will have to go through some of the basicsall over again”.
Currently,most of the Objective Australia team members are competing in championship regattas in
Europe, amassing experience and recognition toward selection onto Australia’s Olympic Sailing Team
for Brazil in 2016. They will join together again as a complete teamin the first week of August in San
Francisco to begin intense preparations for the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Bring it on.
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