Artemis to miss early America's Cup races

Associated Press

America's Cup syndicate Artemis Racing will miss the opening races of the challenger series while it continues to recover from the fatal capsize of its first boat last month.

Artemis says in a statement that it plans to launch its second boat in early July and be ready to race by the end of the month.

British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson was killed May 9 when Artemis' 72-foot catamaran capsized, trapping him under the wreckage of the 7-ton boat.

The Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers is scheduled to begin July 7 on San Francisco Bay.

The number of round robins was reduced from seven to five as part of safety changes after Simpson, a double Olympic medalist, was killed.

America's Cup officials weren't immediately available for comment.

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