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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by casey1999 View Post
CEO: America's Cup changes 'just rumors' - SFGate

"The boats, which can exceed 45 mph, were chosen for the 34th America's Cup by the Oracle team and its owner, Larry Ellison, after they won the Cup in 2010. The catamarans were designed in part to attract a young audience accustomed to watching extreme sports on television."

Read more: CEO: America's Cup changes 'just rumors' - SFGate
and what's wrong with that? Who wants to watch boring sail? We, that love to watch sail races, love speed. The ones that don't love sail racing yet may love it if it is exciting enough (opposite of boring).

We that love sailing want young people to be attracted by it we want them sailing and for that we have to make it attractive for them. It seems that Larry Ellison is making a favor to the sailing community creating conditions to attract young people.

On another register the inquiry has started and what we know now is quite confusing:

With Artemis, the speculation is that loads on the crossbeam, which links the two hulls, in front of the mast caused the girder to fail at its intersection with the port hull, after which the whole structure immediately collapsed: The port hull snapped in half just in front of the rudder, and the rigid wing fell over. Parts of the wing were seen being picked up by chase boats in the water around the main vessel.

The description was given by Outteridge’s father to reporters at the Australian Newcastle Herald newspaper and appeared to suggest that the Swedish catamaran had begun to break up before it capsized.

In the article Outteridge’s father is quoted as telling Herald reporters how his son had described the crash in a phone call:

“Nathan told me [the turn] didn’t seem any different to any other occasion. The bow dug in a little bit but he said that’s not unusual. The next thing he heard a cracking noise and the boat went on its side. Before it capsized it snapped in half, Nathan described it as folding like a taco shell.”

Today however, Artemis Racing’s communications department issued an email with the following statement from Nathan Outteridge appearing to contradict how his father had been reported:

“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.”



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