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World’s premier yacht race clouded with uncertainty
Aug 5th, 2013 by Warren Swil

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.
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.


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Search abandoned for missing yacht with 3 Americans aboard

SAILORS PRESUMED DEAD AFTER SEARCH CALLED OFF
As search for the historic 70-foot American schooner Nina was called off on Friday. It was reported missing on June 27.
A Florida family and four others are presumed dead and their yacht lost.
It is a tragic loss, but do not forget: they perished doing something they love. I hope I go that way. May they rest in peace.


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Minimize the pain of business or pleasure travel

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“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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Ultimate Adventure

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Rich and famous wannabees cruise the French Rivera

Arriving aboard a luxurious 42′ yacht is best way to appreciate ancient seaports DESPITE  or perhaps because of my demanding work schedule in 2002, with one half-time and one full-time job, come summer I predicted I would definitely need a break. As far back as the year 2000 and periodically since, I had invited a […]


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Adventure of a lifetime

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