America's Cup: Artemis Racing suffer major damage in training boat crash

Sweden yacht Artemis. Photo / Getty
Sweden yacht Artemis. Photo / Getty

A development catamaran being sailed by America's Cup syndicate Artemis Racing of Sweden crashed during a practice session on the Great Sound today.

The syndicate says in a post on its Facebook page that there were no injuries and that one of the 45-foot catamaran's crossbeams was damaged.

The team didn't return a call and email seeking further comment. In May 2013, Artemis sailor Andrew Simpson, a double Olympic medalist from Britain, was killed when the team's 72-foot catamaran crashed due to structural failure while training on San Francisco Bay.

Artemis says it will resume practicing aboard its 50-foot race boat on Thursday.

The 35th America's Cup begins in late May.

- NZ Herald

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