America’s Cup challengers Artemis have suffered damage in a training incident in Bermuda. Damage to the boat has been described as catastrophic, the boat involved was a testing boat not their America’s Cup Class catamaran dubbed ‘Magic Blue’ that was launched in late February.
The team may have been testing a wingsail for the new AC50, and it’s unknown if it sustained any damage.
Artemis Racing Statement on Facebook:
“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.”
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.