At this point, a confidential Artemis report says, the boat was steering into position to put the wind at its back – “bearing away” in yachting parlance. It’s a tricky maneuver, a 180-degree turn known as “the zone of death,” because the boats may accelerate out of control, while shifting from upwind to downwind.
As the Artemis AC72 attempted its downwind turn, downward pressure was put onto the front of the twin hulls, pushing them into the water. As the front of the boat dug in, the Artemis report says, the back of the boat lifted up, a situation called pitchpoling.
Peyron was following in a chase boat, so had a pretty good view. It is not the final word, but definitely key testimony from an expert witness. Here’s the key point Peyron makes in the story:
The accident was “a classic capsize situation,” said Loick Peyron, one of the team’s two helmsmen. He confirmed that the yacht capsized, as has been reported, while the Artemis crew was executing a bear-away maneuver: a downwind turn away from the breeze that has been a particular challenge in this class of Cup boats.
Just saw this, and it is well worth watching. I wonder what Simpson would think of what is now happening to the Cup that he gave his life for, and the idea that his death might be used to try to rewrite the design rules for competitive advantage.
A few days ago, Ainslie attended the funeral of his friend Andrew Simpson. The next day he and his crew went out and broke a 16-year old record by racing their AC45 around the Isle Of Wight in 2 hours 52 minutes and 15 seconds (beating the old record by some 16 minutes).
It was a fitting way to pay tribute to Simpson, and a perfect sailing day.
(Paris, France)- The Salon Nautique de Paris is running from the 7th to 15th of December, perhaps one of the world’s most spectacular and fashionable boat shows. Starring in this year’s show will be the gorgeous new “queen” of the J/Fleet, the Euro-styled J/122-E. With its rakish windows, massive hull ports and stylish interior, the J/122-E will be sure to turn heads and generate enormous enthusiasm by J/Cognoscenti!
Joining her will be the wildly successful International J/70 one-design speedster. Interest will surely be high amongst European sailors for this fun new “sporty” because of its recent granting of “international status” by ISAF; becoming the one- design keelboat of choice for Lake Constance (bordering Germany, Switzerland & Austria) and its 55 yacht & sailing clubs; and the establishment of the J/70 Worlds in Newport and the J/70 Europeans on Lago di Garda, Italy!
A stirring tribute to a sailor who always seemed to be smiling. It’s a nice testament to, by all accounts, a great guy and a great sailor. Which only makes it all the more saddening that he lost his life for something that is as essentially trivial (in a cosmic sense) as that plaything of billionaires–the America’s Cup.