Artemis crew ‘back to work’ after sailor’s death



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The head of Artemis Racing says his team will compete in the America’s Cup only if conditions are deemed safe on wind-raked San Francisco Bay this summer.

Artemis chief executive Paul Cayard posted his comments on Wednesday on the team’s website. They were his first public comments since May 9, the day crew member Andrew “Bart” Simpson died when Artemis’ catamaran capsized during a training run. Cayard said a decision to race will depend on what safety changes America’s Cup organizers adopt after completing their review of the May 9 incident.

Cayard said officials are still investigating what caused the 72-foot catamaran to capsize and break into pieces.

The three teams vying to take on defending champion Oracle Racing begin competing in July.