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Woman captains Truckee boat in America’s Cup

Mary Thompson

The Sierra Nevada’s high altitude and low humidity make an ideal boat-building setting.

America True, one of three U.S. boats that was tossed out of the America’s Cup race in the Louis Vuitton semifinals this month, was built by James Betts Enterprises in Truckee.

“The boat was conceived and all the materials gathered in the Northern California region,” said Jarred Marlin, purchasing coordinator for Betts. “Truckee is just a very accessible place for customers and buyers and the humidity and temperatures are ideal for boat building.”

The 75-foot boat, which cost more than $1 million to build, was the first ever America’s Cup boat to be captained by a woman, Dawn Riley.

“On so many levels, people counted us out automatically – being the first female-captained boat and a one boat syndicate,” Marlin said. “But it did very well, considering. It made it to the semifinals.”

Marlin said America True was built in six months with lightweight carbon composite materials.

For more information of America True click on http://www.americatrue.org.

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