October 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of sailing experts has released 37 recommendations they say will increase safety in the America's Cup, which is set to take place on the wind-raked San Francisco Bay this summer.
Led by regatta director Iain Murray, the group unveiled the proposals Wednesday evening, nearly two weeks after a practice run on the bay turned deadly.
Among those recommendations are equipping crews with body armor, hands-free breathing apparatus and high visibility helmets. The group also suggests a flexible start time for the race, based on wind and projected tidal flows, wind limits and a safe buffer zones around course boundaries and obstructions.
The list of recommendations comes after a member of the Artemis Racing crew died when the catamaran he was on capsized during a training run on May 9.
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