America's Cup gets go-ahead even after fatal accident

THE America's Cup will go ahead as scheduled while officials await findings of a review into last week's death of British sailor Andrew Simpson on San Francisco Bay.

The double Olympic medallist died in a training session after becoming trapped under the platform of Artemis when the 72-foot catamaran flipped, casting doubts over the safety of the new class.

Tom Ehman, the vice commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club - the America's Cup Trustee - said the event remained on track with all four teams, including Artemis, likely to compete for the right to take on defending champion Oracle.

The Golden Gate Yacht Club and regatta director Iain Murray have also appointed an independent review committee, which includes Auckland QC and Emirates Team New Zealand director Jim Farmer, to investigate the accident.

The panel, which will be headed by Murray, will look into the events leading up to Simpson's death and make recommendations to the sailing teams and race organisers about how to make sure racing is as safe as possible

. The results of the review are expected within two weeks.


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