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British Cup Challenge Setback

Britain's chances of challenging for the the America's Cup have been hit by the resignation of a key member of the syndicate looking for backing of 15 million pounds (NZ$38m). Chris Witty commercial director for the probable challenging syndicate, had left because of differences over the campaign's progress. The syndicate he was involved with includes top British yachtsman Lawrie Smith and past cup campaigner Angus Melrose.

The British finally gave up their America's Cup dream earlier this year. They blamed Britsh apathy towards the cup as the one of the reasons. But the over riding reason was that the America's Cup is seen as stuffy and for the upper class in England. It is a pity that the pinnacle of our sport is still yet to capture the worldwide respect that it deserves. Hopefully America's Cup 2000 will go a long way to improving its image.


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