America's Cup "Remains On Track"

On May 14, America's Cup organizers named a panel to investigate the death of Andrew "Bart" Simpson and Artemis Racing's AC72 capsize. They announced the summer event "remains on track."

America's Cup Press Conference
America's Cup Press Conference: Regatta Director Iain Murray & Golden Gate Yacht Club Vice Commodore Tom Ehman© ACEA/Guilain Grenier

At a briefing at the Cruise Ship Terminal on Pier 27 in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 14, Golden Gate YC vice commodore and Oracle Team USA director of external affairs Tom Ehman announced: "The America's Cup remains on track and racing will take place this summer."

The panel to investigate the tragic death of Andrew "Bart" Simpson and the Artemis capsize on May 9 was announced. It includes: Iain Murray and Sally Lindsay Honey (co-chairs), ACEA race committee chair John Craig, multihull design Vincent Lauriot-Prevost, New Zealand lawyer and sailor Jim Farmer, and Chuck Hawley, who's been a part of many panels involving yacht racing tragedies. Lt. Jon Lane, with 26 years in the Coast Guard and 10 years experience as a marine casualty investigator will serve as liaison.

With regard to the Review, Ehman added: “The Committee brings immense experience and expertise to this Review. At a meeting in San Francisco this morning, the teams expressed unanimous support for this Committee and this process.”

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