WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker says “the vultures are already circling” the defeated America’s Cup challenger and that the team will likely fold unless action is taken to secure its future.
Barker told New Zealand’s TV3 network on Tuesday “a small window of opportunity” existed to raise the funds needed to continue and ensure a fresh challenge for sailing’s oldest trophy.READ MORE: Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI After Colliding With 2 Pedestrians At Gas Station In Highland Park
Team New Zealand, partially funded by the government, led 8-1 before being beaten 9-8 by Team USA in the America’s Cup finals series that ended last week on San Francisco Bay.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Who Overcame Severe WWII Wounds To Lead Senate GOP And Run For President, Dies At 98
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