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    Breaking News! SF Selected as SOLE US A-CUP host city!!!

    http://www.americascup.com/news/san-...-americas-cup/









    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.
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    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/Americ...e-option/71689

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    SI Article

    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/201...ericas.cup.ap/
    Last edited by bowline; 07-08-2010 at 11:55 AM.

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    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-press...-cup-10024.php

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    The San Francisco Chronicle

    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/articl...#ixzz0t7TKPWLT

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    Yee Ha! Can't fucking wait.

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    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?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tequila Bob View Post
    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...
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    Yes, 30-32. Those are the ones by Red's. Absolutely.

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    30-32 and 50 look to be in, Alameda is apparently out due to logistical issues.

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