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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by KeelHaulin View Post
They have the authority to do what? Step aboard and 'kick the fenders' and look for minor safety violations (like not having a waste plackard?) In the example I cited they could have easily deemed the craft not seaworthy and towed it in. THEY DIDNT. This boat was probably 100x less seaworthy than an AC72.

It's not gonna happen; so why argue the point? USCG is not going to shut down a multi-billion dollar event/venue just because one person lost their life in an accident. Have they stopped Luna Rossa from testing their boat? Has the AC committee stopped Luna Rossa despite their 'stop practicing for now' request? Every boat has a pretty tight timetable now for getting prepped and as I said before, the USCG is not going to step in and be blamed for causing a multi-billion dollar event to be scratched.
Exactly... Hell, the CG is not even the lead investigative unit looking into the ARTEMIS accident, that investigation is being handled by the SF Police Department, as was done last year after the Farrallons tragedy...


San Francisco police will lead the investigation into what happened. This is the same major accident investigations team that investigated an accident during a yacht race off the Farrallon Islands last April that killed several people.

Training Canceled, Artemis Team Mourns After Death of Olympic Sailor | NBC Bay Area

Because the fatality occurred with what is technically considered a 'recreational' rather than commercial vessel, the San Francisco Police Department is leading the investigation into Simpson's cause of death, with the U.S. Coast Guard offering assistance to both the ACEA and the SFPD.

In a conversation this morning, Coast Guard Captain Matt Bliven explained that the Coast Guard has offered to act as liaison with the ACEA's investigating committee, much as they did in the aftermath of last April's Low Speed Chase incident. Bliven says he is generally impressed with how much attention is focused by the AC teams on safety. "Given the totality of what they are doing, we're pretty convinced that they are operating safely," he said. "They are making good efforts to keep clear of commercial traffic, and have been notifying us and the Vessel Traffic Service when and where they will be operating." That said, the event permits for this summer's AC events are not due to be issued until shortly before the actual event dates.

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