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Four European Teams Make Joint Commitment To Participate In 2017 America's Cup
Published July 28, 2014
DETERMINING A VENUE: In London, Stuart Alexander reported the "carte blanche" given to Oracle Dir Russell Coutts to negotiate with both Bermuda and San Diego "should come as a welcome development to the America's Cup Event Authority." Coutts has already stated that both San Francisco, which would be the challengers' first choice, Chicago and Newport, Rhode Island have been "removed from the short list" for '17. ACEA has also been approached by the San Francisco Bay city of Alameda, which was host to Sweden's Artemis team for the last cup, "promising full support for the event and laying out a list of advantages which the mayor thinks would benefit the cup and its competitors" (INDEPENDENT, 7/25). Ben Ainslie Racing Team Principal Ben Ainslie, a four-time Olympic champion, said, "We are really focused to help build a successful and sustainable America's Cup for the future. The America's Cup is about pushing the technical boundaries of the sport through continued innovation" (WESTERN MORNING NEWS, 7/25).