America’s Cup in
San Francisco may
not be all it could be
Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA AC 72, skippered by James Spithill and Ben Ainslie, is seen capsized in the San Franciso Bay after a testing session on Oct. 16, 2012. Click image to enlarge.
Photographer: Guilain Grenier
WITH THE FINALS of the America’s Cup set to begin in less than five weeks – on Sept. 7 – uncertainty surrounds the world’s premier sailing race, being held for the first time in San Francisco.
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One crew man was killed in May when the craft of one of the four competitors, Artemis Sailing, tipped over in San Francisco Bay. Last October, the Team Oracle craft, owned by cup holder Larry Ellison, also tipped over, but no one was injured.
The City/County of San Francisco – or, more correctly – the taxpayers have invested north of $100 million in the event. If it flops, they will be on the hook – and so will many others.
Despite the uncertainty, one has to wonder whether, with only four competitors, this is a race at all.