Artemis folded ‘like a taco shell’

The wreckage of ‘Artemis’ being taken ashore for investigation The wreckage of ‘Artemis’ being taken ashore for investigation

AMERICA’S CUP: Nathan Outteridge, helmsman of the Swedish Artemis Racing catamaran at the time of the fatal accident last week, called his father and told him what happened.

Outteridge’s father, Tony, then told the New Zealand newspaper, the Newcastle Herald what his son had told him.

Nathan had called him at 07:00 to let the family know he was OK before the family heard about the accident from other sources. He was shattered, Mr Outteridge senior told the newspaper. He said it was the worst day of his life.

The story relayed to the newspaper by the father had Nathan Outteridge hearing a crack, with the next thing he knew the catamaran was airborne. It rose, then fell back into San Francisco Bay, cracked into pieces. He described the boat as folding in on itself, like a taco shell.

Other sources from the AC world tell of Artemis having been back to the workshops several times to repair cracks, leading to questions over the boat's design and construction.

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