British sailor dies in America's Cup training accident

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Sailor dies In America's Cup training accident

Sailing • Andrew Simpson, a British sailor and Olympic gold medalist, died Thursday after a 72-foot America's Cup yacht owned by the Swedish team Artemis Racing capsized during training on San Francisco Bay.

Artemis, representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, is the challenger of record for the 34th America's Cup, whose challenger series is scheduled to begin in July in San Francisco.

"The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened," Paul Cayard, the veteran U.S. sailor who is chief executive of Artemis, said in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."

Simpson, 36, won a gold medal with the British sailor Iain Percy in the Star class at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal with Percy at last year's London Olympics.

From wire reports