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US Coast Guard Gives San Francisco Bay Thumbs Up For Yacht Race

Posted: Jul. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

It's official, and now nothing stands in the way of the much anticipated America's Cup yacht race due to hit San Francisco Bay next week. Concerns were raised over safety recommendations, but the cup's planners have passed the regulations with flying colors, a move that's opened the seas to an amazing assortment of the finest Yachts from all around.

The U.S. Coast Guard issued the official permit late Friday that is required to conduct America’s Cup yacht racing on San Francisco Bay beginning next week.

The permit requires the implementation of 37 safety recommendations made by Iain Murray, independent Regatta Director for the America’s Cup, following a deadly training accident by a Swedish team in May.

“This is an important and necessary step for the America’s Cup,” said Murray.

The permit was issued despite appeals by teams from New Zealand and Italy involving the late changes to the regatta rules following the fatal incident.

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