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PD Staff
12-28-2010, 02:27 PM
In a letter dated December 27 2010, Alameda's Mayor Marie Gilmour has sent a letter addressed to
Marcus Young, of the GGYC and CC's to Tom Ehman and Stephen Barclay"



The City of Alameda strongly supports San Francisco's efforts to secure the next competition and would welcome the opportunity to provide residential, warehouse and docking facilities to the sailing syndicates and spectators that will visit San Francisco to participate in the next America's Cup race.

The letter goes on to summarize the assets that Alameda offers to support San Francisco's bid, including:

Dock and Shore Space
Convenient and Accessible Location
Deepwater Port
Strong Maritime Industry
Mediterranean Climate
The entire letter (PDF file) is available for download below.

http://alamedawaterfront.com/news/alameda-reaffirms-support-san-franciscos-ac34-bid

http://alamedawaterfront.com/sites/default/files/letter_to_golden_gate_yacht_club_12-27-10.pdf

PD Staff
12-28-2010, 04:38 PM
We just spoke with Alameda Deputy Manager Lisa Goldman with the Mayors Office.

She indicates that Alameda is offering the facilities at Alameda Point in whatever capacity it need to assist the City of San Francisco and the GGYC,
secure the bid to host AC34, they can incorporate into the ongoing redevelopment project at the old Naval Yard. The city control the leasing right to
the facilities and is very flexible in short term or long term options. The facility can be readied easily by the time constraints needed to host the pre Cup events
as well as the Cup itself.

bowline
12-28-2010, 04:48 PM
While it's nice that we have the luxury of alternative or complimentary deep water facilities and a city eager to participate, proximity remains the key barrier with no clean solutions. Ferries, AMTRAK etc aren't going to cut it when the targeted audience is in the city.

Like Valencia, people want to be close to the action and events, see the boats being rigged, see the sailors walking on to the bases, raising wings, docking out, etc. It's all part of the AC experience and having it in the city is a key element.

familysailor
12-28-2010, 05:00 PM
While it's nice that we have the luxury of alternative or complimentary deep water facilities and a city eager to participate, proximity remains the key barrier with no clean solutions. Ferries, AMTRAK etc aren't going to cut it when the targeted audience is in the city.

Like Valencia, people want to be close to the action and events, see the boats being rigged, see the sailors walking on to the bases, raising wings, docking out, etc. It's all part of the AC experience and having it in the city is a key element.

I would bet that Alameda is accessible to more people than The old fort in Newport....

IOR Geezer
12-28-2010, 08:40 PM
Nice of them to offer, it seems a little late, but who knows anymore?