Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

America's Cup- 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities

by Sail-World on 9 Jul 2014
34th America's Cup racing San Francisco ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
The America's Cup Event Authority has announced that two potential host cities for the 35th America's Cup have been shortlisted. They are San Diego and the island of Bermuda.

Chicago, which had also been under consideration, has been dropped off the list, and is now an option for America’s Cup World Series racing in 2015 and 2016.

'Both Bermuda and San Diego have made very compelling cases to be the host for the next America’s Cup,' said Russell Coutts, Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). 'We will be in good hands with either venue.'


Bermuda is 640 miles (1,030 km) east-southeast of North Carolina. It is known to sailors for the Newport to Bermuda race, as well as the Bermuda Gold Cup match-racing event, both of which have a long history of success on the island and a sterling reputation among sailors. America’s Cup racing in Bermuda would take place close to shore, within the Great Sound.

The British Overseas Territory is not part of USA and new of their advancement to the final two cities was leaked in a tweet said to have been sent by the Premier, later quickly denied. However a similar incident occurred before the elimination of San Francisco as a potential venue.


San Diego is one of only seven cities to have hosted the America’s Cup. When the Cup was previously held there in 1988, 1992 and 1995, the race course was offshore, on the ocean waters beyond Point Loma. But if San Diego were selected as the venue this time, racing would take place in San Diego Bay, offering incredible viewing opportunities for spectators along the city’s waterfront.

The leg length inside the San Diego bay is about 2.2nm long substantially less than the 3.6nm of San Francisco, which took the wingsailed AC72 multihulls just six minutes to complete.

Although several strong Challengers have announced they are interested in competing in the 35th America's Cup, they are largely stalled pending a venue decision. Many have expressed a clear preference for San Francisco, the home waters of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the current Defender of the America's Cup. After a similar venue selection process for the last America's Cup was conducted which included San Diego on the final short list. The Port has also hosted two previous America's Cups (1992 and 1995), and was the training base for Oracle Racing wing sailed trimaran prior to the 2010 America's Cup.

Entries for the 35th America's Cup close on August 8, 2014. So far no teams, other than the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, have indicated that they have lodged a Challenge for the 162 year old trophy. It seems that the consultation process with the interested teams is at best minimal. The Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Team New Zealand said last month that they had no communication with Oracle Team USA or the regatta organizers, in the nine months that had passed since the 34th Match in San Francisco.

To advance the venue selection process over the coming months, the America’s Cup Event Authority says it will work closely with both venues to finalize logistics requirements and commercial opportunities, as well as to establish the needed relationships with private and public entities to ensure a successful event.

It is through this process that the final host city for the next America’s Cup will emerge says the ACEA.

'We are now able to focus on two venues that are motivated and enthusiastic at the prospect of hosting the next America’s Cup,' Coutts concluded. 'I’m confident that we’re on target to finish with a venue that allows us to achieve our goal of hosting an exciting and successful America’s Cup built on a strong commercial foundation.'

The host city for the next America’s Cup will be announced by ACEA before the end of this Americas Cup website

Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Emirates Team NZ launches shadow AC50
Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC4 Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC45S - as the test boats are called in the Protocol which governs the 2017 event. The bloated Protocol, which now runs to 83 pages of legalese, is restrictive on the size of boat that can be built as a test platform but doesn't restrict the number that can be built.
Posted on 22 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ launch their AC45S - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC45 S (Surrogate) on Tuesday afternoon at their Auckland base. Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC45 S (Surrogate) on Tuesday afternoon at their Auckland base. The team is expected to start their on the water testing program in a few days.
Posted on 22 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ launch new boat and new sponsor
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their new development boat at their Beaumont Street Emirates Team New Zealand celebrated a long awaited milestone today at their Beaumont Street base in Auckland by launching their first custom designed development boat. The boat is the first true development boat of which Sweden, Britain has two and USA has three. Japan has one passed on from the USA Defender. Team New Zealand also announced a welcome new sponsor.
Posted on 21 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ goes to the market for shore crew
Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for enthusiastic staff to join their composite building team. Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for enthusiastic staff to join their composite building team. The 30year old America's Cup team are building carbon composite parts for the team's America's Cup sailing yacht, and have positions available for entry-level or experienced boat builders.
Posted on 17 Jun
America's Cup World Series - Ainslie gives Chicago a big tick
Sir Ben Ainslie has come away pleased with the outcome of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. Sir Ben Ainslie, four times Olympic Gold medalist and skipper/CEO of British America's Cup team Land Rover BAR, has come away pleased with the outcome of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. After giving the last event in New York a spray in the Daily Telegraph (UK) Ainslie was pleased with both his team's performance, and the Chicago event itself.
Posted on 14 Jun
America's Cup - Super Sunday signs off LV ACWS Chicago in style
Six America’s Cup teams fought fiercely for the double points on offer for each of Sunday’s three races. Perfect winds, cooler temperatures and a record breaking crowd of over 200,000 America’s Cup fans lining Chicago’s Navy Pier, combined to make Super Sunday, the final day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, an incredible finale for foiling action in the USA.
Posted on 13 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ extends despite tough time in Chicago
Emirates Team New Zealand managed to maintain their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series series lead in Chicago Emirates Team New Zealand managed to maintain their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series series lead in Chicago today after a tough regatta that tested the entire fleet. Going into the event Emirates Team New Zealand held an eight point lead over Oracle Team USA, the Kiwis leave Chicago with a ten point advantage over Land Rover BAR who is now tied with Oracle Team USA.
Posted on 13 Jun
America's Cup - Artemis win Chicago as Team Japan wins two races
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. After losing the first official day of racing due to light winds and the non-arrival of the onshore breeze, Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. From a racing perspective this was probably the best day of racing yet in the series which counts for points in the Qualifying Series of the America's Cup in 11 months time.
Posted on 12 Jun
America's Cup - ISAF Jury lose first round in Oracle crewmember action
A judge has thrown out a bid by the International Jury and ISAF to have an action against them dismissed A judge in the District Court in San Francisco has thrown out a bid by the International Jury and ISAF (now rebadged as World Sailing) to have an action against them dismissed, as being out of time. The case is one of two bought by former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell. The first has already been dismissed against Oracle Team for wrongful dismissal
Posted on 12 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ wins only race sailed in Chicago
Late in the afternoon a perfect breeze emerged and built to allow the race committee an opportunity to start a race The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago got off to a confusing start today with conditions for the majority of the day more suitable for relaxing on the waters of Lake Michigan rather than full fledged fighting it out on foiling AC45’s. The official race window came and went without enough wind to warrant a hoisted headsail, so Friday’s ‘substitute race’ result was implemented
Posted on 12 Jun