Turbulent Journey for America's Cup

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Turbulent Journey for America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO — The race was scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m., and fans were expected to pour into the well-manicured America's Cup Park and line themselves all around the waterfront of San Francisco Bay to watch. Years of planning, promise and promotion were built toward what organizers called “America's Cup Summer of Racing.” But this race, like most of the others so far, featured one boat, albeit an impressively majestic and fast one, sailing back and forth across the water. Even the competitors found it a bit laughable — the world's most prestigious sailing race reduced to a glorified scrimmage.

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