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Top sailing race imperiled from many sides
Jun 6th, 2013 by Warren Swil

San Francisco America’s Cup

event encounters stormy waters

Other potential entrants train for the America’s Cup in Rhode Island in June, 2012. Visible are two Prada craft, the Artemis one and the Korean entry.
Credit: Ciorra Photography. Artist: Innocenzo Jimmy Ciorra

 “LAG OF INTEREST,” “Exclusive race” were the words used Tuesday in headlines on Page A1 of the national edition of The New York Times for its story about the upcoming America’s Cup event set for late summer in San Francisco.
“…[W]ith just weeks left before the start of competition … only four teams have signed up … the smallest contingent in the race’s modern history and far fewer than the 15 organizers had predicted…” wrote Norimitsu Onishi in “When Billionaire Sets Rules, It’s An Exclusive Race.”
The race, being primarily arranged by multibillionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, is beset by problems – not the least of which was the fatal accident which claimed the life of a crewman in May.
Will the show go on as scheduled later in the summer?
A leading expert, who has covered all the preparations for the race in great detail for Wired Magazine, is emphatic.


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Tragedy stuns global yachting community

“Today is a sad day for all of us in the sailing community. Andrew Simpson was a great person, a terrific sailor, and a good friend to all of our team. “


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