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Ben Ainslie's key role in Team USA sailing comeback

Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie drinks from the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates with crew members on Pier 27.
Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie drinks from the America's Cup trophy as he celebrates with crew members on Pier 27. Credit: PA

Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie played a key role in turning the event around after being called up from the warm-up crew.

Drafted in as tactician in place of John Kostecki, he was one of the catalysts as Oracle produced the most incredible comeback in America's Cup history.

Only last Wednesday the team were 8-1 down to Emirates Team New Zealand, who needed just one race win to secure the trophy.

However, San Francisco Bay witnessed an incredible comeback as defender Oracle won eight consecutive races on match point to close out the series.


Sailing experts' bid to increase safety in America's Cup

Thirty seven recommendations to increase safety in the America's Cup by sailing experts, following the death of British Olympic sailing champion Andrew Simpson.

The group, led by regatta director Iain Murray, unveiled proposals nearly two weeks after a training run turned deadly.

Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Suggestions included quipping crews with body armour, high-visibility helmets, and hands-free breathing apparatus.

Thirty-six-year-old Simpson, nicknamed Bart, died trapped underneath his Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran after the vessel overturned in San Francisco Bay on May 9.


London 2012 executive pulls out of honours ceremony

A yachting boss and senior London 2012 executive has pulled out of an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace today following the death of Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Andrew Simpson.

Sir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) was due to be made a Knight Grand Cross - the highest grade of knighthood.

A London 2012 spokesman said: "We are all deeply saddened by the news of Andrew's death and, as a result of this tragic accident, Sir Keith will no longer be attending his investiture at Buckingham Palace today."


Fast & furious - the 'super' catamarans bidding for America's Cup glory

This footage from the America's Cup official website illustrates just how challenging it can be to sail the boats taking part in the America's Cup series. It's the oldest sporting event in the world, having taking place off the Isle of Wight for the first time in 1851.

The type of craft Andrew Simpson was sailing on is the new AC72 super catamaran. It is 72 feet long and powered by a huge wingsail. This design of yachts are contesting the America's Cup for the first time. They are faster and harder to sail than the monohulls used in previous contests.

The catamarans needly a highly skilled sailing team to keep the power under control. In the choppy waters of San Francisco bay the crew have to try to stop the catamaran's pitch-polling. This happens when the bow digs into a wave and the yachts tip over.

Olympians praise 'incredible' Andrew Simpson

Members of Team GB have paid tribute to Andrew Simpson, who died after his yacht capsized off the California coast during training for the America's Cup race.

Long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford said that Simpson was a "true gent".


So sad to hear the news about Andrew Simpson! My thoughts are with his family and friends!


Waking up to hear the tragic news about Andrew Simpson. So very sad, a true gent. my heart goes out to his family.


So sad to hear about the tragic death of Andrew Simpson. Such an incredible guy. Thoughts are with the whole of the @britishsailing family x

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