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Chicago Gets Heave-Ho as America’s Cup Host

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 79

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chicago has been eliminated from contention to host the next America’s Cup, leaving San Diego and Bermuda to fight for the right to hold the final rounds of sailing’s marquee regatta.

The Windy City would have been an intriguing America’s Cup host. But Russell Coutts, CEO of defending champion Oracle Team USA, says the wind on Lake Michigan is too variable.

Coutts hopes to pick the final venue by the end of September.

If San Diego wins, racing would be on the bay, not miles offshore as it was during the America’s Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995.

If Bermuda is chosen, it would be the first time a U.S. defender held the America’s Cup outside the United States. Bermuda is a British territory.