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20 May 2013
You can't live your life in a sock drawer
After the death of Bart Simpson last week during a training session with Artemis Racing's AC72 on San Francisco Bay, there has been some speculation about both the America's Cup and the Youth America's Cup.
Objective Australia, Australia's entry in the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has reaffirmed that the team is proceeding as planned for the September event in San Francisco.
Team Principal and Objective Corporation CEO Tony Walls said: 'Firstly, on behalf of the Objective Australia team, I would like to extend our condolences to Andrew's wife and family. We also know many of his teammates and hope they too are finding strength at this time'.
'The safety of all the sailing athletes is of paramount importance and we have every confidence that the America's Cup Event Authority and the America's Cup Race Management will redouble their efforts to ensure that these regattas are as safe as reasonably possible.'
'Whilst the One Design AC45's being used for the Youth America's Cup are at the leading edge of sailing and are very demanding on their crews, they have been extensively race proven over the past three years without serious incident. Prior to us having access to these boats again in August, they will have undergone rigorous safety checks by the event organisers to ensure they are 100% good to go'.
Red Bull Youth America's Cup Campaign Objective Australia
'You can't live your life in your sock drawer, and in our eyes, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup has already established itself as a ‘safety first' event.
Our team sailed the AC45's in the February selection series when we qualified for the main event. The focus by event management on the preparation and proper training of the athletes in handling these boats has impressed us all.
They wouldn't let us near the AC45s until we proved that we knew what we were doing and even then we had Russell Coutts and Darren Bundock personally ensuring that we learned how to handle the boats properly.
Luna Rossa (ITA) goes foiling on San Francisco Bay for the first time, May 18, 2013 Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi
America's Cup: On Saturday morning the Luna Rossa AC72 sailed for the first time in San Francisco where the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup regattas will take place starting July 7th.
Laser Lawsuit - Kirby´s dramatic move - While Australia´s Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) is waiting for news on how they can get moving again with production. Bruce Kirby and Kirby Inc. yesterday dramatically increased the pressure on allegedly delinquent builder LaserPerformance and ISAF and the ILCA when they asked the US Federal Court in Connecticut to issue a prejudgment remedy against LP.
If this was to be granted as requested LP and its associates would be unable to build Lasers or have anyone else build them for them, while the Courts then could take their time hearing the case.
Such a ruling would surely mean that ISAF and ILCA would have to moving from their currently puzzling position which would allow PSA to get down to either Laser or Torch production immediately.
Matthew Chew and his winning crew ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2012 ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Media
The 17th annual Etchells Australasian Winter Championships entries are coming in fast with more than 40 boats expected on the Mooloolaba sixth-9th startline.
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