Sailor Dies in America's Cup Practice

After the catamaran capsized

May 9, 2013
Outside Magazine

One sailor died and another was injured after a boat capsized in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the America's Cup races on Thursday.

Roughly 12 people were on board the Artemis Racing catamaran when it capsized around 1 p.m. near Treasure Island, a former naval station. A support boat operated by Oracle Racing, last year's America's Cup winners, managed to pick-up all but two of the sailors.

After bringing two injured sailors to shore, paramedics performed CPR on one person, but he was pronounced dead a short time later, San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge told the Associated Press. The other person's injuries are not life-threatening.

The 34th America's Cup is scheduled from July through September, and teams are currently training in the bay. Outside reported on the new, "scary-fast" catamarans that are set to debut in the race this summer, speculating that there will be serious accidents.

“The danger factor is just one piece of the puzzle,” says four-time champ Russell Coutts.

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