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FOILING ACROSS THE BAY — The US boats train for the America's Cup last month in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay. Photo by ACEA/PHOTO Gilles Martin-Raget

Sports

Yacht races take sailing to the extreme

By From page A6 | July 08, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — “America,” a replica of the yacht that 162 years ago won the sailing trophy named after her, led the America’s Cup fleet onto San Francisco Bay, last Friday, for preliminary races leading to the 34th defense of the cup in September. The venerable America was a radical design in 1851. Its hull, “long, low-slung and black as night … instantly intimidating its competitors upon arrival in England,” wrote Sailing World. The 72-foot, foil-borne, wing-sailed, high-tech catamarans (called AC72s) being sailed in this year’s defense are bringing sailboat racing to the extreme.

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