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Photoboy
07-08-2010, 10:13 AM
http://www.americascup.com/news/san-francisco-sole-usa-host-city-candidate-for-34th-americas-cup/


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San Francisco has put forward a strong, well- rounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America’s Cup match.

The city is home to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, whose team BMW ORACLE Racing, won the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain on 14 February.

The 34th America’s Cup is scheduled for 2013 or 2014, the year to be determined by infrastructure development lead-times.

“Our team has said from the outset that San Francisco and the Bay Area have the potential to provide a superb stage on which to host a memorable America’s Cup,” commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. “Our team owner, Larry Ellison, has called the Bay ‘a fantastic natural amphitheatre’.”

In being granted status as the sole venue candidate in the USA, San Francisco can forge ahead with plans to provide the necessary facilities for the America’s Cup along the City’s waterfront, south of the Bay Bridge. It also now allows San Francisco to “nationalize” their efforts and to seek support from the State of California and the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Under the Cup’s governing rules, the Deed of Gift written in 1852, the winner and hence Defender for the next Match chooses the venue.

San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom said, “We are very honored to lead a national effort to host the 34th America’s Cup. Larry Ellison has a transformative vision for hosting the Cup on San Francisco Bay, and we are prepared to leverage the nation’s support to make this a coast-to-coast campaign and to realize that vision.”

Other US cities have been excited by the prospect of hosting the America’s Cup match, notably Newport, Rhode Island where Cup racing was held from 1930 through 1983, San Diego, California which hosted Cup defenses in 1988, 1992 and 1995, and Long Beach, California, site of the 1984 Olympic yachting regatta and the annual Congressional Cup.

Coutts said, “We are extremely grateful to the other American candidates. Their disappointment is understandable as each would have been a great host city in its own right. And we appreciate their offers of support to San Francisco going forward.

Strong expressions of interest from four European countries are also being studied by the American Defender. GGYC/BOR will announce a final decision on the venue, along with the date and other details of the next America’s Cup by the end of this year.

The America’s Cup has been defended only twice outside of the holder’s home waters in its 159 year history – at Valencia, Spain in 2007 and 2010.

bowline
07-08-2010, 12:06 PM
Great news for SF - good also that the other cities are in the loop for some WSTA series.

Here is a good article in Sail World;

http://www.sail-world.com/USA/Americas-Cup:-San-Francisco-named-as-sole-US-venue-option/71689

bowline
07-08-2010, 12:18 PM
Here's an SI article on SF selection as the sole US contender for the Cup. Apparently 4 other countries have expressed interest in hosting the event.

Valencia, Italy, England (??) and a fourth, probably not Switzerland ;)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/more/07/08/americas.cup.ap/

bowline
07-08-2010, 12:54 PM
Official GGYC/BMWO press release on Cup Info website, also a great source of related information like the draft protocol and concept papers on the proposed mono and multihull designs for the 34th Cup;

“Our team has said from the outset that San Francisco and the Bay Area have the potential to provide a superb stage on which to host a memorable America’s Cup,” commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW Oracle Racing. “Our team owner, Larry Ellison, has called the Bay ‘a fantastic natural amphitheatre’.”

In being granted status as the sole venue candidate in the USA, San Francisco can forge ahead with plans to provide the necessary facilities for the America's Cup along the City's waterfront, south of the Bay Bridge. It also now allows San Francisco to “nationalize” their efforts and to seek support from the State of California and the federal government in Washington, D.C.

http://www.cupinfo.com/en/ggyc-press34-san-francisco-only-us-location-for%20americas-cup-10024.php

bowline
07-08-2010, 01:10 PM
The SF Chronicle write up is a good read also;

The city has distinct advantages - its northern waterfront is one edge of a natural amphitheater also bounded by the Marin Headlands and Angel Island.

Races would primarily be run between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, city officials have said, giving spectators along Crissy Field, Marina Green and Fisherman's Wharf a front-row seat to a contest that has sometimes been held miles offshore.

Contd: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/07/MNIF1EB0CQ.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz0t7TKPWLT

Guitar
07-08-2010, 02:05 PM
Yee Ha! Can't fucking wait.

Tequila Bob
07-08-2010, 04:37 PM
Assuming SF wins the bid to become the host city; Have you heard anything more on where the AC Village would be? I know the old piers on the Embarcdero needs some upgrade but man, it seems like a no brainer to take advantage of them. Perhaps build up Pier 33(?) (Reds Java House?)

Photoboy
07-08-2010, 05:05 PM
Assuming SF wins the bid to become the host city; Have you heard anything more on where the AC Village would be? I know the old piers on the Embarcdero needs some upgrade but man, it seems like a no brainer to take advantage of them. Perhaps build up Pier 33(?) (Reds Java House?)
TB,
We looked at the venues in detail in the A-cup Prevew section thread:

Gut feeling is piers 30-32 or Pier 48 would become the " Outlet Village" with A-Cup retail, Promotional, A-Cup Media center, and the boats being hosted in either Alameda or Pier 80

If I were a bettting man, I'd go with the Piers 30-32/ 80 combo...

Tequila Bob
07-08-2010, 09:07 PM
Yes, 30-32. Those are the ones by Red's. Absolutely.

bowline
07-08-2010, 10:33 PM
30-32 and 50 look to be in, Alameda is apparently out due to logistical issues.

PD Staff
07-09-2010, 10:23 AM
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PD Staff
07-09-2010, 11:09 AM
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Here's and opportunity to get up close and personal:




Fellow sailors,
I am shamelessly promoting the GGYC High School Sailing Program’s annual wine tasting fund raiser. See the invitation below.

Many of you know Dave Santori. He can be seen on the W.L. Stewart doing RC at most of our StFYC regattas. Dave, but mostly his wife, Valerie, runs the GGYC H.S. sailing program on a shoe string. Seems Larry Ellison doesn’t pay for everything at GGYC. Proceeds help pay for equipment, a coach, some regatta expenses for those sailors that need sponsorship.

I went to the GGYC first wine tasting last year and from all accounts, it didn’t hold a candle to Chris's tasting. But it is GGYC after all. I had a great time and supporting youth sailing is important to all of us.

The Cup is supposed to be present for this event. I will not be making any speeches at this event.

Regards,

PD Staff
07-20-2010, 02:48 PM
The Mayors office today narrowed down the selection of America's Cup village site to:
Piers 80, 50 and 30-32

We'll review them shortly!

PD Staff
07-20-2010, 04:57 PM
Gavin Newsoms office today narrowed down SF's plans for hosting the America's Cup Village.
Piers 30-32, 50 and 80 are all part of the mix in on form or another. With and estimated $40-60 million estimated to repair 30-32 and 50, look closer to the pier 80 as a very relevant main camp with
outlets at the other sites, most likely 30-32!

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Piers 30-32: Located just south of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge on the Embarcadero, It’s still in usable condition, although some structural work would be needed. Possible to squeeze a village there, however it lacks any utilities and the city has just spent bundles revamping the Embarcadero and may be inclined not to to tear up that major thoroughfare again. The citys rejuvination estimates are in the $50 million price range. Its also is a money maker for city as is, utilized as a parking area and is very popular during events held at nearby AT&T Park


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Pier 50 is adjacent to the current Lot A for the Giants AT&T Park in China Basin. The Borad of supes just approved a redevelopment plan for area, which included mixed business, residental and recreation for the site. And entire village would not fit into that plan, however a retail/PR site might fold in well.




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Pier 80 is further south, approximately 2 miles from AT& T Park. It is in a fringe industrial neighborhood but has the most real estate and warmest weather...It's piers are in still decent shape. The area just north has enjoyed a massive facelift and is becoming the biotech capitol of the Bay Area. A light rail has already been installed that runs right past it. The area is already on the books as part of the continued economic redevelopment moving slowly south along the city’s eastern flanks. Although it does a minimal amount of freight cargo, it's insignificant and could be routed elsewhere

Photoboy
07-20-2010, 05:24 PM
As most of you know, I am “old school” with respect to the America’s Cup; so old, in fact, that in May I attended the fiftieth reunion of my class at a very old (1791) high school. I have written that it will be very difficult to conduct an old school America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay and, frankly, nothing has changed on the Bay to alter that thought, since the tides still rip, container ships, tankers and ferries still come and go, and it's not as big, or as deep, as it looks. What has happened, to my surprise, is that the appetite for the event among our local leaders has risen to a level I could not have imagined.
In an attempt visualize a way to make the Cup work on the Bay, I have thrown out my old school view of the Cup (match racing, in the most impressive mono-hulled sloops available, conducted over the course of a summer, with “foreigners” competing for the right to challenge and one or more defenders competing, or just practicing, on a separate, but equal, course) and start almost from scratch. I think there is actually a way to do it.
But first, a progress report on plans for the 34th Cup, for those of you not keeping score at home:
· GGYC (BMW Oracle Racing) is the Defender
· Club Nautico di Roma (Mascalzone Latino) is the Challenger of Record
· They get along fine
· As many as a dozen other teams (none from the US) have expressed interest in competing
· The Defender has issued a very large draft protocol for the next Match
· It will be sailed in 2014 in a new class of boat (either a mono- or multi-hull of around 65 feet), designed to a committee-created rule, to be announced in September
· It will be sailed either on SF Bay or somewhere in Europe, to be revealed by the end of this year
· There will be preliminary regattas in various parts of the world which are yet to be determined.
These are, in my view, all good things, but most importantly, the sturm und drang of name calling, litigation and bad manners which characterized the last Cup, right up through the prize giving, are in the past. All the decisions which govern the next match have been, or will be, made under the “mutual consent” provision of the Deed of Gift.
So, here’s my plan:
1. Designate the class as a “box rule” multi-hull, with maximum length of 75 LOA (including rudders and spars), beam of whatever, and max draft (appendages fully deployed) of 8 feet. This will allow the organizers to use a lot more of the Bay, including the Berkeley Circle (and maybe the South Bay), for simultaneous Challenger race courses and Defender practice areas.
2. Since I am completely unconvinced that multi-hulls make for good match racing as we know it (intricate pre-starts, quick tacks & jibes, close covering, slam dunks, etc.) and the Bay will always have major tides and traffic, do all the racing in a fleet racing format.
3. Many of those who squawked at my earlier observation about racing the Cup on the Bay cited the StFYC Big Boat Series as proof that we can have a terrific AC on the Bay.
Well they are right, but first we need to turn the AC into a great big BBS. I sailed in the first official St Francis Perpetual Trophy Regatta (1965) and lots of its successors and, the more I think about it, why not just do what it does? If you think in terms of “fleet” (all at once), rather than “match” (two at a time) racing, a lot of existing problems go away, or are minimized.
Racing on the main section of the Bay can be done on all sorts of courses, a la the traditional “Bay tour” final race of the BBS, with great viewing for all. We could even use the famous reach-to-reach jibe mark in front of the St. Francis Grill Room. As in the BBS, a “guard boat” will be used to keep the racing boats clear of commercial traffic and rounding fixed government marks makes life easier for the RC.
If one has to have “sausages” (windward/leeward, twice around, races), they can be held on the Circle, and its western extension, without bothering much of anyone and the relatively shallow draft of the multi-hulls won’t plow the bottom.
4. The Louis Vuitton Cup (or whatever the “foreigner trials” might be called) should be scored on cumulative points. Fleet racing, lots of it, will average out bad breaks and allow the superior challenger to emerge. Increasing the point value of the later races will keep all the crews incentivized, rather than eliminating boats as the summer goes on. Importantly, and maybe the only old school provision in the new scheme, is the iron clad rule that the defender(s) may not race against, brush with, or in any way test speed with any of the challengers until AC Race One.
5. The America’s Cup Match itself, the Challenger and the Defender, mano a mano, could be conducted exactly the same way, as fleet racing, but with only two boats in the fleet; sausages on the Circle one day, Bay tour the next, for example.
So there you have it. It’s not your father’s America’s Cup, or Bus Mosbacher’s, but it can be done, and it can be fair and exciting. Moreover, if ever television can be enticed to cover sailing with the vigor we saw in Fremantle, WA, it will be here.
Having solved the nautical issues (see above), there are still the real estate and infrastructure problems to solve. These are not my domain, but I know that both the incentives and the solutions involve major money. Monday’s Chronicle quoted an economic impact report suggesting that the Cup could bring $1.4 B to the SF area:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/19/MNQD1EFJJ3.DTL . That sounds like major money to me. I have no idea what it will cost to rehab piers, provide parking, and beef up public services, but I am sure SF will need help from Sacramento, and beyond, to pull it off.
I ran into former Mayor Willie Brown over the weekend. While he no longer holds office, he has immense political savvy and not a little power. Willie says it can be done, and that he’s on the case. I believe him.

On a separate, but related point, Bill Barton has written a book on IMP, the famous Ron Holland designed 40 footer built in the mid 70s for a local owner, the late David Allen. Bill was a member of IMP’s crew from her launch, including her two Fastnets, and has compiled a very impressive history of the boat.
He delivered a copy (which I paid for) over a beer in Sausalito last evening, after which I read the first few chapters and flipped through some of the excellent pictures. I’ve known Bill to be a fine sailor for many years, but it turns out he can really write! I recommend you go to his website (http://www.implegend.com) and buy it.

I'll be cruising British Columbia in August, but I'll be in touch most of the time.
cheers, de

Photoboy
12-20-2010, 01:12 PM
Seems like a million years ago that this was the the breaking news...