Andrew Simpson

More Andrew Simpson Tragedy Detail

1 Jul

The San Francisco Chronicle weighs in with an in-depth story, that adds some details to what we know about what happened:

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

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Peyron Explains What Happened To Artemis

28 Jun

Finally. After weeks of rumor, speculation and silence, Loick Peyron talks to the New York Times about how Artemis’ AC72 ended up upside down and broken, killing Andrew Simpson.

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

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Remembering Andrew “Bart” Simpson

26 Jun

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.


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In Memoriam: Bart Simpson

31 May

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.


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