America's Cup organizers have canceled a spring World Series regatta in New York on smaller boats to focus on the main event -- The Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Finals -- for the big boats this summer in San Francisco Bay.
The America's Cup Event Authority pulled the plug on the New York regatta after discussions with the summer competitors, Oracle Team USA, Sweden's Artemis, Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy's Luna Rossa.
"They make a strong point. It's only one month before the Cup starts," said Stephen Barclay, CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. "The last thing we want to do is compromise the summer of sailing in San Francisco."
The three challengers will compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup beginning July 4. The winner will take on defender Oracle, which won the Cup in 2010 and the right to bring it home to San Francisco, in the America's Cup finals beginning Sept. 7.
The New Zealand team had already balked at taking time away from training on their 72-foot catamaran to send their top team to Naples, Italy, in April to race smaller AC45s, planning instead to send a secondary team. While the Naples regatta will proceed as planned, event organizers cancelled the races planned for late May and early June on the Hudson River in New York.
The America's Cup World Series is a circuit separate from the America's Cup and sailed in the smaller AC45 class boats. The series was
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