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America's Cup Struggling In First Month Amid Reduced Racing, Sponsor Complaints
Published July 29, 2013
AMERICA'S CUT: In S.F., Tom FitzGerald noted out of 78 crew members "listed on the four teams' rosters, only three" are from the U.S., and France is "better represented" with four. Out of 23 sailors on Oracle Team USA, "two are American." New Zealand by contrast "has 27 sailors in the regatta." New Zealand like the Dominican Republic in baseball has "become a similar proving ground in big-time competitive sailing." Sailing along with rugby "is New Zealand's national pastime." Australia and England also have "tacked ahead of the U.S. in sailing, largely because of progressive youth programs." Oracle team member John Kostecki said New Zealand, Australia and England "have good Olympic programs, and their kids aspire to go to the Olympics." Kostecki: "We've been definitely lacking there. We're trying to revamp it. I'm concerned that we haven't done enough" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/28).