Series to feature 45-foot catamarans

Updated: June 1, 2011, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

America's Cup competitors voted to use 45-foot wing-sailed catamarans in both seasons of the new AC World Series, saving the 72-foot version of the fast boat for the main events in 2013.

Organizers said a recent test period in the AC45 in New Zealand provided spectacular racing and television images for spectators. The move also will help hold down upfront costs for teams, some of which might be struggling to raise the large amount of money needed to compete for the oldest trophy in international ...

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