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Newsflash: America's Cup venue confirmed for San Francisco

'San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (left) listening to Oracle Racing team boss Larry Ellison - San Francisco (USA,CA) USA Victory Tour'    BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget    Click Here to view large photo


In a statement just seven hours before the expiration the deadline set in the Protocol for the 31st America's Cup, it has been announced that San Francisco will be the Host Venue for the 34th America's Cup.


The deal is understood to be within the boundaries set by the Board of Supervisors, so will not need confirmation by them. However that will have to be confirmed once the full agreement has been published.

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Oracle Racing Team Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Barclay told Sail-World that there was a new agreement drafted between the two bodies which was yet to be signed, but the majority of its contents was within that signed by the Board of Supervisors.

The changes relate to the basis of cost of investment recovery by the Defenders, rather than a greater injection of money by the City.

'The original agreement had to be 'de-risked' from our perspective', Barclay told Sail-World. 'We hadn't really had a good look at the Northern Piers, in their original proposal, and had to reduce our risk on that front, he added.

Barclay is now confident that a formula has been found which will be acceptable to all parties.

The statements issued by the City of San Francisco's Mayor's office and the America's Cup organisers are as follows:

Mayor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement after San Francisco was selected to host the 34th America's Cup:

'The selection of San Francisco today to host the 34th America's Cup marks the beginning of an extraordinary new chapter for our City and for the sport of sailing. Together, San Francisco and the ORACLE Racing Team have seized a tremendous opportunity to showcase sailing in the magnificent amphitheater of San Francisco Bay, provide jobs and a more than $1 billion boost to our City's economy and transform the America's Cup experience.

The strength of San Francisco's bid and the enormous benefits it will provide to the City and to the team are the result of months of hard work, negotiations and overwhelming support from throughout the City and State.

San Francisco truly came together to support this bid, from the Board of Supervisors, Port of San Francisco and the City's elected family to major business, labor and environmental and community leaders in the San Francisco America's Cup Organizing Committee. I want to thank Larry Ellison, the entire ORACLE Racing Team and the Golden Gate Yacht Club for
their commitment to San Francisco as we begin this strong new partnership with the America's Cup Event Authority. Today, San Francisco celebrates that the America's Cup is coming to San Francisco Bay. We are ready to get to work right away in 2011 to deliver on this remarkable opportunity for the City and for the America's Cup.'

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And from the America's Cup Event Authority:

San Francisco has been selected as the host venue for the 34th America's Cup. An official celebration event will be hosted in San Francisco on January 5th, event location details to be announced.

'We sought a venue that fulfills our promise - to showcase the best sailors in the world competing on the fastest boats,' said Richard Worth, Chairman, America's Cup Event Authority.

'And hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco will realize that promise.'

'We thank Mayor Newsom, Board President Chiu, Supervisor Mirkarimi and all of the Board of Supervisors, the staff at City Hall and the Port Authority, Mark Buell and San Francisco America's Cup Organizing Committee, and all who have worked so diligently on securing the bid,' Worth continued. 'We look forward to working closely with City of San Francisco over the coming months to create a world-class America's Cup event, and a large and lasting beneficial impact on the City.'

The world-famous San Francisco Bay will be home to the 2013 America's Cup Finals and the Challenger Selection Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, as well as an America's Cup World Series event in 2012. This will be the first time the America's Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995.


'Today is one of great celebration, with San Francisco winning the right to host the America's Cup, and all of the economic benefit, jobs and excitement that comes with it,' said Mayor Gavin Newsom. 'San Francisco is the best place on Earth to host an event of this stature, and we could not be more proud to be the city that brings the America's Cup back home to
the United States.'

Independent studies show that the America's Cup delivers the third largest economic impact in sport to host countries, behind the Olympic Games and soccer's World Cup. The 34th America's Cup is projected to pump an estimated $1.4 billion dollars into the San Francisco region.

'As a native San Franciscan, I grew up sailing in front of the City. Racing for the America's Cup in San Francisco is something I have dreamt of my whole life,' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Sweden's Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 34th America's Cup. 'By hosting sailing's most important event in the Bay, the world will see sailing as it never has
before. As a team, Artemis Racing is particularly looking forward to competing in San Francisco.'


Racing will be held on the iconic San Francisco Cityfront and be visible from world-renown tourist destinations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf. An influx of millions of tourists is expected for the Challenger Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Finals in late 2013.

'My support for San Francisco hosting the America's Cup goes beyond the opportunity to see our team competing on home waters,' said Russell Coutts, CEO, ORACLE Racing, the current America's Cup defending team. 'We are excited to sail for our sport's greatest trophy, on a stretch of water legendary among sailors worldwide.'

The Race Village will be constructed on Piers 19 and 29, with the team bases at and around Pier 30/32.

As part of the plan, the America's Cup Event Authority will redevelop these piers as well as the surrounding infrastructure to support the racing, while rehabilitating the piers for the enjoyment of generations of San Franciscans to come.

With a goal of creating the most dynamic America's Cup in history for fans and participants, changes have been introduced to the 34 th edition. Enhancements include the introduction of groundbreaking new 72' wing-sailed catamarans capable of speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour, new race formats and rules, and a transformed media and online broadcasting approach to enable an interactive viewer experience.

In the summer of 2011, America's Cup teams will commence racing in the new America's Cup World Series in the new wing-sailed AC45 catamaran. The America's Cup World Series calendar of events will be published in early 2011.




by Richard Gladwell

  

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