Andrew Simpson har drunknat i tragisk olycka med Artemis AC72:a!

Våra tankar går till Andrew Bart Simpsons familj och vänner, efter gårdagens tragiska olycka då Artemis AC72:a kapsejsade och Andrew Simpson fastnat under vattnet och drunknade. Andrew Simpson var en stor människa och seglare, han tog guld i starbåt 2008 och silver på hemmaplan 2012. Max Salminen säger att Simpson var den första att gratulera när det var klart att Fredrik och Max vunnit guld.

Life is not fair death even less so. Bart Simpson was a great guy, great sailor and the first to congratulate us on our Olympic victory. My condolences to my colleague and role model Bart and his wife and family. His son even named after Fredrik Lööf. /Max Salminen

Artemis Racing säger följande på sin hemsida:

It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crew member Andrew “Bart” Simpson today in San Francisco.

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.

Despite attempts to revive Simpson, both afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.

“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”

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 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.

“The boat’s under control, but that’s not the first of our concerns. We’re focused on the people.

“That’s what we’re working with and on and we’ll give you more information when we’re able to.”