British Sailor Dies During America's Cup Training In S.F. Bay
Gold Medal-winning British sailor Andrew Simpson "was killed Thursday" when his Swedish America's Cup racing team's "cutting-edge sailboat tipped during training on San Francisco Bay, trapping him underwater for at least 10 minutes." The accident was "another setback" for the staging of the America's Cup in S.F., "which has sparked great excitement and anticipation but also controversy." Corporate sponsors "have been hard to find," while private fundraising efforts to defray up to $32M in city costs "have lagged" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/10). The tragedy "follows a highly-publicized capsize of Team USA Oracle's boat last fall and comes just months before the Bay Area hosts the world's most famous sailing race" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/10).