Cup challengers say they'll support venue choice

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two weeks after expressing dismay over the potential venue, four expected America's Cup challengers now say they will support whichever port is chosen by defending champion Oracle Team USA.

That was among the six points made in a joint release following a meeting of four European challengers and Oracle Team USA in London on Tuesday.

Oracle Team USA boss Russell Coutts has narrowed the venue choices to Bermuda and San Diego, with a decision to be made by fall.

At a meeting on July 12, challengers said it was a "universal concern" that Bermuda "is not a great venue."

What changed?

British Olympic star Ben Ainslie says in an email to The Associated Press that challengers "received good briefings on the two venues including wind speeds which was positive."

Coutts barred Team New Zealand from the meeting.