Artemis Racing is ready to sail in the America's Cup challenger trials nearly three months after crewmember Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed in a capsize during training.
Swedish-based Artemis Racing will face Italy's Luna Rossa in the best-of-seven Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals beginning Tuesday on San Francisco Bay.
Artemis crewmembers know they're way behind Luna Rossa but are eager to see how they'll do aboard “Big Blue,” their new 72-foot, high-performance catamaran that was launched in late July.
Artemis has had only about 40 hours of training aboard the catamaran. It wasn't able to sail in the round-robins in July.
Simpson, a two-time Olympic medalist for Great Britain, was killed May 9 when Artemis' first boat capsized.