DOES CAPSIZE MEAN KAPUT?
When a boat flips over while it’s racing, is it out? That’s a definite yes. While teams that capsized during
AC world series racing this past fall were allowed to receive outside assistance from their support
boat, competitors in the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup finals will be disqualified if they capsize.
Though it appears to be a penalty as the win is automatically given to the other competitor in the match,
the goal of this rule is to enable all support craft to focus on the capsized boat and the safety of its crew.
Oracle's AC72 dump into the bay this past fall, captured frame by frame by photographer Guilain Grenier.
After a tragic accident in May led to
the loss of Artemis team sailor Andrew
Simpson, an independent review committee
recommended additional safety protocols
to make the racing as safe as possible. From
reinforced athletic gear to upper wind limits
to on-the-water divers on standby, event
organizers made upgrades to what U.S.
Coast Guard Sector San Francisco already
considered a “high level of preparation and
training to avert these [the crash of the
Artemis AC72] types of mishaps.”