12 Jun 2013

America's Cup organisers to refund tickets

5:17 pm on 12 June 2013

San Francisco's troubled America's Cup sailing regatta has been dealt another setback three weeks before competition starts with organisers refunding tickets for early races and postponing plans to build temporary seating.

The announcement comes in the wake of the decision by Sweden's Artemis Racing to stay in the regatta following a fatal accident last month, even though its boat and crew won't be ready to compete in the initial rounds.

Money for tickets for the opening days of the Louis Vuitton Cup, which is scheduled to start in early next month will be returned, as will seat payments for the subsequent semi-finals.

Artemis has said it may not be able to race until the end of July after losing one of its two boats in an accident that killed crew member Andrew Simpson.