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Deadly Wreck Caps Series Of Setbacks For San Francisco’s America’s Cup

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The 2013 America’s Cup has faced controversy and setbacks at nearly every turn since San Francisco won the right to host the World’s premier sailing race in 2010. Now, the death of a Swedish team member during training on Thursday is likely to cast a shadow over the event finals, which officially get underway on San Francisco Bay Sept. 7.

Prior to the tragedy, the race had faced a number of legal challenges as well as questions about funding, participation and the environmental impact. Here is a look at some of the setbacks suffered by race organizers and participants over the past two years:

A CBS 5 viewer took this photo of an Oracle Racing catamaran capsizing on San Francisco Bay on October 16, 2012. (Stefan Kirkeby)

A CBS 5 viewer took this photo of an Oracle Racing catamaran capsizing on San Francisco Bay on October 16, 2012. (Stefan Kirkeby)

Team Korea capsizes off of Fort Mason. (America's Cup)

Team Korea capsizes off of Fort Mason. (America’s Cup)

In addition to the above setbacks, organizers have faced legal challenges on topics ranging from participant exclusion to environmental concerns, and have been forced to scale back and adapt plans for the event on multiple occasions, and have been criticized for the impact on some local businessesPrivate funding for the race has fallen short of expectations, as has the number of challengers entering to vie for the cup.

Race organizers remain steadfast in their assertions that the race will be an economic boon for San Francisco and businesses throughout the region.

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