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THE DARK SIDE OF THE AMER­ICA’ S CUP BY ALAN SE FT ON AND LARRY K EAT­ING, BLOOMSBURY,“§¢.

Inside Sport - - INSIDER -

It’s al­ways been the funny thing about the Amer­ica’s Cup – win it, and you get to set the rules. What sport works like that?

Well, the old­est con­tin­u­ous sport­ing con­test on the planet, which dates back to 1851. Throw in the fact that its his­tory has in­volved some of most pow­er­ful moguls of their time, men de­voted to get­ting their way, and you have a set-up ripe for in­trigue.

In­deed, some of the best com­pe­ti­tion is off the wa­ter. If you en­joy read­ing about le­gal dis­putes as well as sport, you’ll en­joy this tale. For lo­cal an­gles, 1983 and Ben Lex­cen’s winged keel has a prom­i­nent part, and the in­ter­sec­tion of tech­nol­ogy, le­gal­ity and com­merce per­sists to the present-day de­bate over cata­ma­rans.

With their hands fi­nally and de­servedly back on the mug, the New Zealan­ders have promised to get the Amer­ica’s Cup back to its roots: mono­hulls, home wa­ters, sailors un­der their flag. If it’s re­ally true to the Cup’s past, there’ll be more con­tro­versy, too.

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