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Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

An interesting article on Yacht de (translated):

The America's Cup Management has published two weeks after the accidental death of Andrew Simpson, as a result of a crash of Artemis Racing, is a long list of control recommendations, which are now to be evaluated by the ones that can do so, the organizing Golden Gate Yacht Club and the challengers.

In essence, there are calls for a neutral investigation of all AC72 boats and their wing sails, a significant reduction of the wind limits at ten knots (Max: 23 knots) and an extension of the security provisions for the equipment on board the catamaran and on board escort boats.

Especially the demand for the limited wind limit it is likely to have a dramatic effect,on case that should actually be used. The lower limit above which no race can be started, would changed a few weeks before the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup, will change the format drastically, one that the challengers have prepared in different ways. It could punish individual teams that had in the construction of their boats considered the possibility of strong winds and the corresponding trade-offs were part of the design - especially in what regards the Zealander Grant Dalton team. ...

"The proposal covers the dilemma in which the organizers are stuck," says the two-time America's Cup participant Tim Kröger, "they have to react after the deadly accident, but changing halfway rules of the game it is from a sporting perspective questionable decision, unfortunately showing how wrong all this is"...

Another statement of Iain Murray reveals how the teams will still remain focused in their new high-risk sports, against all recommendations and rule changes at: "None of the recommendations can ever eliminate the risk of injury or death, it is a risky by nature activity. and participants must accept full responsibility for all risks involved. "

It is not yet clear whether the team Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa will choose to participate. Both teams have been granted a further reflection. Team New Zealand is considering not only exiting as it is struggling with the new rules. It seems impossible to find a compromise that is fair regarding the desires and needs of all participants.

America's Cup: Neues Spiel, neues Glück? - Sport*|*YACHT.DE

Troubled waters on the AC, no doubt.

Meanwhile the German kids from the Youth team has already granted permission to participate individually (not supported by Germany). Now they have to found the needed 100 000 euros.

and more:

"You may have seen catamarans fly a hull, but during practice, Emirates Team New Zealand can get both hulls out of the water. For just a moment Friday, in a little over 12-knot breeze, the boat was riding on its hydrofoil.

At higher wind speeds, the New Zealand boat can foil downwind giving it a tremendous speed advantage. But on Friday, America's Cup organizers said that to make the racing safer, they're considering moving up the racing time from 1 p.m. to noon, when the winds are not as strong.
"I guess one of the tragedys for us, a little bit, in terms of the wind speed change, is that we've actually simulated those higher wind speeds in our training because that's what we were coming to," said New Zealand Teams Managing Director Grant Dalton. "So, we're having to give up quite a lot to go to a lower wind speed in terms of our training regime and what we've learned and our boat to a certain extent as well."

"The four syndicates are now weighing up the 37 safety recommendations made by the America's Cup review committee that were released yesterday."

As the review committee does not have the mandate to make changes to the Protocol which governs the race, most of the recommendations will need mutual agreement from the teams before they can be implemented and Barker expects there will be some interesting discussions at the competitor meetings over the coming week.

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