Structural reviews of AC72 boats and wings, a 10-knot lower wind limit (23
knots maximum) and enhanced sailor safety equipment are among the 37
recommendations issued today to increase safety during the Summer of Racing at
the 2013 America’s Cup.
Many of the recommendations are intended to
increase the personal safety of the sailors and they include buoyancy aids, body
armor, crew locator devices, hands-free breathing apparatus and high visibility
helmets. Other recommendations are specific to the AC72 yachts, additional
support equipment and race management.
A full list of the recommendations
can be found here.
Regatta Director Iain Murray, progressing the
work of the Review Committee, presented his “2013 America’s Cup Regatta Director
Recommendations” at a meeting with the four competing teams and the America’s
Cup Event Authority on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco.
of insurance and liability, the Review Committee stopped short of making its own
recommendations. Regatta Director Iain Murray has formulated the specific safety
These additional recommendations have been incorporated
into the safety plan produced by the America’s Cup, which was forwarded to the
U.S. Coast Guard today.
“Producing and implementing the safety plan is
within the scope of the America's Cup, as the sponsoring organization for this
summer’s racing,” said Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the America’s Cup. “This
America’s Cup safety plan is a necessary component of the permit application
submitted to the Coast Guard for their consideration.”
Director will now form a number of task forces to bring in experts to define
additional technical recommendations for specific safety items such as
protective gear for sailors.
Since its first meeting on May 16, the
Review Committee has worked diligently interviewing 25 team members including
team heads, skippers, designers, engineers, sailors and support boat
“All four competing America’s Cup teams have cooperated in an
open, helpful and constructive way,” Murray said, “and the Review Committee
noted there is a clear desire on the part of the teams to ensure the safety of
the America’s Cup as much as possible.”
“I want to thank the members of
the Review Committee for their exceptional and efficient work,” Murray