SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The America’s Cup qualification races may be significantly scaled back as the Swedish team may not be ready in time, officials said on Wednesday, which may financially impact host city San Francisco and the corporate sponsors.
Originally there were 21 races scheduled for the Louis Vuitton qualifying events in July and after the capsizing of the Team Artemis boat in which a crewmember was killed last May, the number of races was reduced to 15. But America’s Cup official Tom Ehman said that now there maybe only five races next month.
While there has been no official announcement, it’s been said that the Swedes will compete but need more practice time. That means they will not race until August leaving only Italy and New Zealand to compete in the first round.