The German STG/NRV youth team that qualified for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in San Francisco in September has announced it will not now compete.
the team organizers announced that: "The tragic accident is for us reason to review our participation in the youth America's Cup completely." explained Klaus Lahme, NRV Sports Director, of the unanimous decision of the STG and the NRV.
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Without waiting for the results of the various investigations into the incident, the German organizers withdrew Monday after being informed of the tragic death of Andrew Simpson. The 36-year old Briton died last Thursday in training for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco after a capsize of the Artemis Team AC72 catamaran.
The German team had qualified in February in an elimination series with a total of twelve junior teams for the finals in September. The Youth event will use the smaller AC45 catamarans in the finals. The "little brother" of the AC72 is approximately eight feet shorter and uses a reduced rig compared with the standard AC45.
Regatta Director Iain Murray and Golden Gate Yacht Club Vice Commodore Tom Ehman will announce the members of an independent panel to review all aspects of training and racing of AC72 yachts in the 34th America’s Cup today (Tuesday). The panel will report and make recommendations to the organizers and the competitors.
The scope of work for the review panel will be detailed during a press briefing at Pier 27 in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon. Crucially, the review and report will be conducted independently of any organizer or competitor in the 34th America’s Cup.
STG Sailing Team Germany GmbH report available
Andrew Simpson dies in Artemis Racing capsize
14 May 2013 6:15 GMT