Say What, AC?
G’day. As many of you know, there was a press conference last night (I mean, today) in London (London?) regarding plans for the next competition for the alleged America’s Cup, allegedly held in trust by the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco.
The affair was attended by the skipper of the defending team, Jimmy Spithill, and the skippers of five challengers representing Italy, France, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK. I have other matters on my plate and little interest in sitting through a video of the proceedings. For those who simply must, here it is:
Of more interest to some of us, Sailing Anarchy today published a link to the SFPD report on the May 9, 2013 death of Andrew Simpson (the Artemis breakup) along with a defense of that web site’s, shall we say, underwhelmed reporting of America’s Cup Progress.
Timing is everything.
I said that.
The gist of the SFPD report is this:
Type of accident, “Capsize.”
Cause: “Excessive speed. Machinery failure. Equipment failure. Other.”
The accident narrative includes: “At the San Francisco Yacht Harbor Ofc. Mattei interviewed (W/1) May who told him the following: He is a member of the Artemis Racing Team and that he was onboard the chase boat that recovered the victim at the time of the accident. May told Officer Mattei that he saw Artemis conducting a “bearaway” maneuver when the port side hull dug into the water and failed structurally. This hull failure caused the vessel to capsize and come to rest with the hull inverted.”
Golly, and I seem to remember getting into a bit of trouble for telling a TV camera, “The boat broke.” It was a sad dayKimball