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San Diego Or Bermuda Will Host '17 America's Cup, As Chicago Gets Scratched
Published July 9, 2014
WHATEVER WAY THE WIND BLOWS: In Chicago, Blake Schuster notes the prospect of bringing the America's Cup to Chicago "intrigued organizers, but one concern was whether the wind would hold up over the three weeks of the race." Holding the America's Cup World Series race will give the city "a chance to prove it's capable of conducting a major sailing event." Chicago Match Race Center Dir Tod Reynolds: "That's originally what we thought would be best for Chicago. Our downtown waterfront is perfectly suited for it." Schuster notes any chance of hosting the America's Cup after '17 "depends on who wins the event" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/9). The AP's Bernie Wilson noted the America's Cup "has never been on a lake," and Lake Michigan's wind "is variable because it comes from weather systems rather than the thermal effect that helps generate sea breezes." Oracle Team USA CEO Russell Coutts said of Chicago, "It would make a fantastic venue. We just need to understand the wind conditions a lot better" (AP, 7/8).