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America's Cup organizers want smaller, cheaper boats

In unprecedented mid-course change, America's Cup bosses want smaller, cheaper boats

America's Cup organizers want smaller, cheaper boats

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- In another sign that billionaire Larry Ellison's vision for the America's Cup is too expensive, organizers say they want to reduce the size of the boat to be used in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda.

While intended to help some struggling syndicates, the unprecedented move also would reduce the status and prestige of sailing's marquee regatta, not to mention the sizzle generated when the 2013 America's Cup was sailed in 72-foot boats.

And it could be troublesome. Not all teams are in favor of going from plans to sail 62-foot catamarans to apparently sailing 45-foot catamarans.

A news release said the changes are being drafted and teams will be asked to vote before the end of March. It wasn't clear whether the vote must be unanimous. It's believed Italy's Luna Rossa is against the change.

Updated : 2021-09-22 16:05 GMT+08:00