Sailing Legend Terry Hutchinson Dispels Comments Made in an Interview with Maxim
British Olympic gold and silver medallist Andrew "Bart" Simpson was tragically killed in May last year as an Artemis Racing catamaran capsized during training.
At the time, the America's Cup skipper Terry Hutchinson alledgedly blamed the catastrophe on an unsatisfactory level of safety onboard the Artemis Racing boat.
In an interview titled “Can Sailing be the Next F1?” with Maxim magazine last month, Hutchinson said:
"I had a massive falling out with the owner of the team and the CEO about the safety of our yacht so they decided to terminate me. Ten weeks after my argument with the owner about the safety of the Artemis boat, the boat capsized in the San Francisco bay and one of the sailors was killed. It was a known thing that the boat was not safe. It was a tragedy. The guy that was killed was a good person and a father."
In the interview, Hutchinson went on to air his concerns about the safety implications of the new style of foil-assisted sailing.
However, on Friday, Hutchinson took to Facebook to dispel the comments printed by Maxim with the following status:
It is common knowledge that Artemis were suffering technical problems in the run up to the fatal capsize. The San Francisco Police Department investigation into the accident have never been made public.
Since Simpson’s death, 37 safety recommendations have been given to sailors ahead of racing.
Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson is being commemorated by ‘The Largest Sailing Race’ the world has ever seen named ‘Bart’s Bash. Find out more about this record breaking event, and how to get involved here.
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Image Credit: Terry Hutchinson
Article by Jack Bartrop