Inside scoop on just how close the SD race came to folding from reporter Bill Center at the San Diego Union Tribune:

“Three weeks ago, we were done,” said Thomas, the race director and chairman of the Board of Governors of the sponsoring Thunderboats Unlimited organization. There wasn't going to be a race. And if there wasn't a race this year, there wasn't ever going to be a race again.

“The city has told us, 'You miss once and you're done.' ”

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