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America's Cup: Wings, water, and drama in San Francisco

Posted by Dan Egan  May 30, 2013 10:58 AM

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In 1851 a radical-looking schooner named “America” won a prestigious race off the coast of England. The race represented the shift of maritime power from the “old world” to the “new world,” and the America’s race was born.

Now some 163 year later radical-looking boats are still competing for this great trophy and honor between nations. The boats racing today have revolutionized sailing in countless ways, they travel faster than the wind and have wings for sails.

Great Britain is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history, with more gold medals won than any other nation. Team GB’s sailors have topped the medal table at the last three Olympic Games. In general, the Olympics are the breeding ground for sailors with the technique and fitness to handle these new catamarans. So it was a sad day when one of these Olympic Sailors, Andrew Simpson, died a few weeks ago when the boat he was training on broke apart.

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The America’s is pushing the limits in speed and design and also has a new Red Bull Youth Series.

Listen to the Dan Egan’s recent interview with Sailing World senior editor Stuart Steuli about the race, the recent tragedy and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

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Edging The Xtreme with Dan Egan focuses on the hip and happenings of the extreme sports world, with exclusive interviews with regional, national and international athletes in the world of skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing and so much more.

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Dan Egan thrives on action and has been at the forefront of the extreme sports scene since the mid 1980s. As a pro athlete, Egan pioneered extreme skiing and the extreme sports industry. He has led adventure trips around the world from the Alps to the Arctic. His company skiclinics.com runs camps and clinics across North America, Europe and South America. Dan Egan is a writer, world- renowned extreme skiing pioneer and an award-winning and Emmy nominated media producer.
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