Italians to Race in America's Cup But Want Changes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The owner of the Italian entry in the America's Cup sailing races says his boat will compete this summer, but he's seeking new safety measures after the death of a sailor on another crew during a training run last week.

Luna Rossa owner Patrizio Bertelli announced at a news conference Thursday at his team's Alameda, Calif., headquarters that he wants races canceled if winds on the San Francisco Bay are deemed too dangerous.

Luna Rossa's entry was thrown into doubt after Artemis Racing's boat capsized May 9 and killed Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was trapped beneath the wreckage. Bertelli told European media last week that he was concerned with the safety of the high-tech boats specially built for the America's Cup, sailing's most prestigious event.

Racing begins July 4 on San Francisco Bay.

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