America's Cup yacht nosedived, broke into pieces

  • Artemis Racing crew members gather at a Treasure Island dock as their 72-foot-long catamaran floats upside down on Friday, May 10, 2013, in San Francisco. Sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson died the day before when the high-tech catamaran capsized during America's Cup training trapping him underwater. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SAN FRANCISCO — The America's Cup catamaran that capsized in San Francisco Bay, killing an Olympic gold medalist, nosedived during a difficult maneuver and broke into many pieces, an official said Friday.

The Artemis was conducting a maneuver that required it to change direction when it capsized on Thursday, America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray said.

The boat was practicing with the Oracle team.

"Artemis and Oracle were out there training in what they had been doing for months," Murray said. "And looking frankly quite good."

Murray said the maneuver involved changing direction and wind flow across the boat. Though difficult, it was normal, he said.

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