Moves to improve safety for the 34th America's Cup race

THE use of buoyancy vests, body armour, crew locator devices and high visibility helmets are among the 37 recommendations issued yesterday to improve safety in this year's America's Cup.

The future of the event had been in question after the death of Artemis crew member Andrew Simpson in a training accident off San Francisco earlier this month.

Team New Zealand echoed the views of those planning to compete in the elimination series, saying the recommendations of the review committee were "prudent and reasonable".

"The committee has done some remarkable work in only six days. The details still have to be worked on, but we see nothing that will adversely affect the event," Team NZ managing director Grant Dalton said.

"We have confidence in our boat - design, engineering and construction - and the sailing and support crews. We have invested a lot of time and money on safety."

Other recommendations included structural reviews of the AC72boats, decreasing the wind limit by 10 knots, providing additional support equipment and extra protective gear for sailors.