This was supposed to be the most eye-popping America’s Cup ever. But the Italian syndicate didn’t sail against Emirates Team New Zealand this week in the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers series, allowing New Zealand to earn two points in the regatta unchallenged.
Not long after helping to sail one of the new America’s Cup catamarans around ghostly San Francisco Bay, four-time winner Russell Coutts scoffed at accusations by two foreign challengers that defending champion Oracle Team USA is benefiting from safety changes.
The Kiwis are protesting a rule change that ostensibly was made for safety reasons following the death of British sailing star Andrew Simpson on May 9 when rival challenger Artemis Racing capsized.
The America’s Cup regatta starts later this week in San Francisco with an opening ceremony and the first preliminary race. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.
The U.S. Coast Guard issued the official permit late Friday that is required to conduct America’s Cup yacht racing on San Francisco Bay beginning next week.
America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA sustained damage to its newest catamaran just minutes into the first day of its two-boat testing program on San Francisco Bay.
The hard-luck loser no more, Tony Kanaan finally won the Indianapolis 500 Sunday.
The USDA said it will increase inspections of imported beef, in the midst of a horsemeat scandal in Europe. So far, none of the tainted products have made it to the United States. But the scandal is renewing efforts to ban American horse slaughter.
A Bay Area race track is investigating why one of its thoroughbreds ended up on the auction block, where horses are at risk of being sent to slaughter.
Two people involved in a head-on collision apparently fueled by alcohol and high speeds in Richmond late Thursday night were clinging to life and another is in critical condition, a police lieutenant said Friday morning.