The return of the America’s Cup to the San Francisco Bay appears to be experiencing some choppy waters with the organizers threatening to pull out and relocate to another city.
The chance to win a third straight America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA was a bigger allure to skipper Jimmy Spithill than taking a big-money offer from a foreign challenger.
Could San Francisco’s chance to host the next America’s Cup be sailing away? That’s what one of the race organizers recently said, indicating that they were looking at other venues like Hawaii and San Diego.
In a strong sign that the America’s Cup could return to San Francisco in 2017, Mayor Ed Lee has proposed to organizers that the main venue and team bases be centralized on the Embarcadero and that the schedule be more consistent and condensed.
The America’s Cup sailor who perished in a capsizing during a practice run in May died of “blunt trauma with drowning,” according to a San Francisco medical examiner’s report on the case.
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said “the vultures are already circling” the defeated America’s Cup challenger and that the team will likely fold unless action is taken to secure its future.
“I think a lot of people who were never interested in sailing suddenly got interested in sailing,” Larry Ellison, the software billionaire who owns Oracle Team USA, said after the American boat kept the America’s Cup with one final thrilling win.
Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts got it right. The staid old America’s Cup can be an adrenaline rush.
For much of the finals, it seemed all but certain the next America’s Cup would be contested in New Zealand. After Oracle Team USA’s stunning comeback Wednesday, organizers declared the regatta a success.
On an otherwise ho-hum Wednesday afternoon, Oracle Team USA completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, clawing back from an 8-1 race deficit against Emirates New Zealand to win the America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay.