Alameda, CA – May 13, 2013 The description of the accident in the Newcastle Herald while quoting my father is not correct and does not reflect the facts. Unfortunately it has been relayed by other media. Right now, we are all still mourning and working to understand what happened. I hope everyone can respect this and I thank all those who have expressed support.
Alameda, CA – May 11, 2013 Artemis Racing is in the process of conducting a thorough review and analysis of this week’s accident. As a part of this review, Artemis Racing is sharing and exchanging data and information with concurrent work being performed by America’s Cup and the San Francisco Police Department. Until this process is complete, any conclusions being made about the events that led to the boat’s capsizing and its tragic outcome are pure speculation. Out of respect for Bart’s memory and his family, we ask that the broader sailing community and others reserve judgment until all the facts are known, and not persist in unnecessary rumor. We again thank everyone for their continued support and thoughts during this difficult time.
May 10, 2013 Statement from the Chairman of Artemis Racing
Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, released the following statement today:
“Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family, who suffered a tragic loss yesterday—of a son, a father, and a husband. As our friend and teammate, Andrew “Bart” Simpson was central to Artemis Racing, both in the course of racing and our lives. His presence and personality was a binding force and he will be missed. Right now, the primary focus of Artemis Racing is on the well-being of our team members and their families, and the America’s Cup competition will remain second to that.”
Artemis Racing will conduct a thorough analysis and review of this accident and will be looking at how the risks inherent to such competitive sailing can be limited in the future for the safety of the team and all competitors in the sailing community.
May 9, 2013 Artemis Racing sailor Andrew Simpson dies in training accident
It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson today in San Francisco.
Simpson, a British double Olympic medalist, was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC72 catamaran which capsized during training on San Francisco Bay ahead of this summer’s America’s Cup. All other crewmembers are accounted for.
Simpson, however, was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.
“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”
Barclay: Eight weeks and counting to the Summer of Racing
MAY 7, 2013
With Emirates Team New Zealand’s hospitality structure (the “Waka”) taking shape at Pier 30/32, you really start to get the feeling the 2013 America’s Cup is almost upon us. In a couple of weeks, the ETNZ AC72s arrive with an anticipated first day of sailing during the third week in May.
El segundo AC72 de Artemis acaba de salir del astillero King Marine de Valencia rumbo a San Francisco. Nueva configuración, ya que este barco será 100% “volador”, y nuevo look ya que será de color azul en lugar del anterior rojo. Le deseamos la mejor de las suertes a este equipo lleno de compatriotas y amigos.
ORACLE TEAM USA launches second AC72
San Francisco, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
ORACLE TEAM USA officially launched the team’s second AC72 today, April 23, from the team base at Pier 80 in San Francisco. Helmsman Jimmy Spithill led the team and audience in a toast after Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judy Sim broke a bottle of champagne across the bowsprit. The boat was then lowered into the San Francisco Bay before docking out for the first time.
With only three months until the start of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series, the team has been busy training and preparing for racing, which begins in San Francisco on July 4th. The team spent the majority of March in the shed modifying our AC72 and turning a standard AC45 into a foiling AC45. We expedited our time to get onto a foiling boat by modifying an AC45 while we wait for our second AC72 which will fully foil.