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Death spawns Cup survival gear

Updated: July 4, 2013, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- When he jumps aboard his high-performance catamaran, America's Cup champion skipper Jimmy Spithill is wearing his game face as well as equipment that can help save his life out on San Francisco Bay.

America's Cup sailors already wore crash helmets and life vests after the introduction of the 72-foot boats, which can sail faster than 40 knots and have been hard to handle.

After Artemis Racing's Andrew "Bart" Simpson was killed in a capsize on May 9, sailors began wearing ...

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