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America's Cup organisers set up panel of experts to review safety after Andrew Simpson's death

At a press conference in San Francisco the organisers of the America's Cup outlined the steps they plan to take following the death of the Olympic sailor, Andrew Simpson, from Selbourne in Dorset, last week.

The members of the Review Committee have relevant experience in the sport at its highest levels. Read their biographies here. Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, will chair and lead the Review Committee comprised of:

• Iain Murray (AUS, Chair)• Sally Lindsay Honey (USA, Deputy Chair)• John Craig (USA)• Chuck Hawley (USA)• Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (FRA)• Jim Farmer QC (NZL)

The U.S. Coast Guard has supported the committee's approach and has offered to assist as appropriate. Tom Ehman, the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club (the America’s Cup Trustee), said:

“The Committee brings immense experience and expertise to this Review. At a meeting in San Francisco this morning, the teams expressed unanimous support for this Committee and this process.”

The Review Committee will report as soon as possible, given that racing starts in seven weeks.