Director threatens to cancel America's Cup

Director threatens to cancel America's Cup
July 3, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The 2013 America's Cup opening day festivities begin July 4, with the Cup Final to take place starting Sept. 7. (AP IMAGES)

Things keep getting more interesting in the days leading up to the 2013 America's Cup after the director has threatened to cancel the event completely.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, event director Iain Murray said Wednesday that unless his safety recommendations are met, there will be no regatta.

“I was appointed Regatta Director by the challengers, and accepted in that role by the defender. I work on behalf of all the teams,” Murray said. “In this case, I’m really saving the teams from themselves. Not one team likes all of the recommendations."

The safety issues are concerning rudder elevators which are on the base of the rudders that control the pitch of the boat.

[REWIND: Artemis capsizes, America's Cup sailor killed]

Murray's hard-line approach to the event's safety follows the death of team Artemis sailor Andrew Simpson, when his boat capsized during a May 10 practice run.