Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard addressed the media this afternoon at the team base in Alameda and said the following regarding the capsize of the team’s first AC72 and loss of crewman Andrew “Bart” Simpson:
“Our prayers are with Andrew Simpson’s family, his wife and kids, and also the rest of my teammates. It’s a shocking experience to go through, and we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody’s well being.
Simpson, a British double Olympic medalist, was one of the 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC72 catamaran which capsized during training on San Francisco Bay ahead of this summer’s America’s Cup. All other crewmembers are accounted for.
Simpson, however, was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.
A shocked Artemis Racing chief executive Paul Cayard says his syndicate is working on “everybody’s well-being.”
Cayard fronted a large media gathering at the team’s base in San Francisco but spoke for just one minute and didn’t take questions.
“We have had a tragic day out on the bay today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew Simpson’s family, his wife an kids and also with the rest of his team mates,” a clearly sombre Cayard said.
“It’s a shocking experience to go through… and we have a lot to deal with in the next few days in terms of assuring everybody’s well-being.
“The boat itself is under control but it’s certainly not the first of our concerns. We are focussed on the people.
“That’s what we are working with and on… we will give you more information as we are able to. Thank you.”
Simpson’s death will throw the spotlight on the safety and suitability of the massive craft for the looming Louis Vuitton Cup series (July 4) and the America’s Cup match (September 7).
Watch Video of Cayard addressing the Media: