Monday, August 12, 2013

America's Cup-High Seas & High Court Drama

San Francisco filmmaker Jacquie Taliaferro says the America's Cup is more than fun and games.  With the North Carolina Team, African Diaspora Maritime being shut out of the competition by the courts, the door to dollars have been shut as well.  See what Taliaferro has to say.
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Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
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Press Release For Immediate Release

San Francisco-July 31, 2013-Sailing on the Bay has always been adventurous. The Natives: Ohlone/Costanoans, and Coast Miwok nations sailed the Bay Area waters long before Sir Francis Drake entered them. For over a year the foremost yacht-racing event "America's Cup" has been competing in our Bay Area waters. Teams include: Italy's Luna Rossa Piranha & Luna Rossa Swordfish, Team Korea, China Team, England's J.P. Morgan BAR, France's Energy Team, Sweden's Artemis Racing Red & Artemis Racing White, New Zealand's Emirates Team and our own Bay Area team representing the U.S., Oracle Team financed by billionaire Larry Ellison.

One team from North Carolina, African Diaspora Maritime (A.D.M.) will not be competing after appealing for entry in the regatta and their application being denied.
African Diaspora Maritime with Charles Kithcart
African Diaspora Maritime with Charles Kithcart from website:

Talking with Captain Charles Kithcart last year, he explained the North Carolina African Diaspora Maritime has the right to compete at the highest level of competition like Oracle and the others.    

Kitkcart, who is an engineer and comes from a sailing family has a rich background in the sport and is a bona fide historian as well as an excellent sailor.

A few weeks ago, A.D.M.'s suit against the San Francisco Golden Gate Yacht Club to compete in the America's Cup was dismissed and with it a chance for the super African American sailors to shine. Golden Gate Yacht Club Statement. 

This sobering news also stagnates opportunity for an A.D.M. pavilion which would have anchored a place for American Africans to generate money during the cup.

All of the other teams have pavilions where they promote events, sell caps, jackets, T-Shirts, memorabilia....You get the picture.

Live nation one of the leading concert promotion companies has very little to do with sailing; however they just built a concert hall on the Embarcadero and is cashing in on America's Cup's tourism spill over. Sting was the opening act, need I say more.

Just think how Jackie Robinson, MLB, George Taliaferro, NFL, Charles Henry "Chuck" Cooper, NBA, Williams sisters & Althea Gibson, USTA, Gabby Douglas, USGA, have enhanced and broaden sports.  Over $1 billion dollars are coming to the Bay Area during the America's Cup and it is hard to see where American Africans will be able to profit.   

In my next report interviews with A.D.M., America's Cup officials, Mayor Ed. Lee and others will help shed some light.

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By A. Jacquie Taliaferro,
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