Artemis Racing suffer major damage in America's Cup crash in Bermuda

Artemis Racing in action during the America's Cup world series.

Artemis Racing in action during the America's Cup world series.

Swedish America's Cup syndicate Artemis Racing have suffered major damage in a training crash in Bermuda.

They were using their test boat rather than their new AC50 which will be sailed in the challenger series which starts on May 27.

There was speculation the wingsail they were using was a new one designed for the Cup racing. It was ripped, the beam damaged, and the hulls were extensively damaged.

The syndicate confirmed the crash on Wednesday (NZ time) and reported there were no injuries.

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"During a practice session this afternoon Artemis Racing's development boat (T2) sustained beam damage whilst training. There were no injuries in the incident, and the yacht is back at the base. The team looks forward to getting out on its ACC boat for the second week of practice racing, starting on Thursday," the syndicate said in a statement.

There was no confirmation of any damage to the daggerboards which are interchangeable to the actual Cup racing boats but carry strict rules around replacement or repair.

Social media posts and carried a photograph of the splintered boat in the water.

At the last America's Cup in San Francisco in 2013, Artemis Racing suffered a horror crash in the leadup to the regatta that saw their 72-foot catamaran badly damaged and British crew member Andrew "Bart" Simpson killed.

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The new generation of foiling catamarans for this edition of the Cup are smaller but significantly more powerful, capable of speeds approaching 50 knots.

Just last week Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby spoke of the dangers of pushing the boats hard in testing and training.

"Every day you have a few of those moments where you think, 'oooh we got away with that one'. It's the quest of developing," Ashby said.

"When you are sailing in breeze we have to learn to sail the boat really hard and fast in those conditions. You are pushing to find where the edge of those limits are.

"A few skids and a few wobbles is sort of par for the course."

 - Stuff

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