Are New Racing Catamarans Too Dangerous for Competition?

Andrew Simpson, America's Cup sailor and Olympic medalist, drowned when catamaran capsized.
2:10 | 05/09/13

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We are learning more tonight about that deadly accident that cost an Olympic gold winning athlete his life. Have racing boats in the America's cup and so Grahame stopped they are really dangerous. ABC's nick -- tells us what we've learned tonight. This gigantic -- round nose dived. Capsized and broke into pieces trapped on -- hull Andrew Simpson -- two time Olympic medalist husband and a father. Lost his life. It's hard to believe he's -- it's -- -- -- who's doing what he loved. It was his passion. And America's cup stays where it spent the past 111 years the America's cup is the oldest trophy in sports but behind the -- today's -- Multi million dollar tax -- equipped with carbon fiber -- not main cells built to fly. Three or four times the wind speed and touch nearly fifty miles per hour. Last full -- -- skipper of the US -- also flipped on a practice run here in San Francisco Bay. That was not long after I sailed these Walters with spit. It depends -- -- pills muffled announcer you can kept sources budget and crash them. Please -- reward. Pushing out push -- it would be catastrophic. The excitement and the danger is akin to NASCAR the America's cup wants to shed saline filled from pungent blue blazer image. -- -- younger audience there's real risk -- and not think people want them. As an ordinance that locked disabled -- -- risk an investigation is underway and organizers are not ruling out the possibility. Canceling this summer's America's cup. -- what ABC news Los Angeles.

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