The competitive bid process for cities to become 2012 and 2013 America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series) host venues has opened. All bids must be received by the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) via email on or before June 30, 2011.
The America's Cup World Series is an eight-race circuit that visits an elite group of international port-cities, and was intended to serve as a preliminary series to the 34th America's Cup. In an announcement expected by the end of this week the World Series is expected to be run as a circuit in its own right and will be sailed in the AC45 one-design class, a scaled down version of the AC72 catamaran to be used in the 34th America's Cup.
The 2011-2012 AC World Series begins with stops in Cascais, Portugal; Plymouth, UK and San Diego, California this year – all cities known for their rich maritime history and a setting that allows public viewing of on-the-water racing. The circuit then concludes with five more stops in 2012, for which cities can now bid.
The 2012-2013 AC World Series bid process is also open. The first two stops have already been determined – San Francisco in July and August 2012 – leaving six opportunities for prospective host cities.
ACEA says it is focused on securing sites that enable spectators to have the full America’s Cup experience on and off the water. In addition to infrastructure and support, criteria include superior sailing conditions, first-class amenities, and most importantly, the ability to see the on-the-water action from land. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to watch live in each port.
According to an independent report by Deloitte, the total economic impact of hosting an event could be as high as €55m, providing a significant and tangible boost to the host economy. Among other benefits, a host port is predicted to receive up to 140 hours of cumulative global broadcast coverage to an estimated TV audience in the hundreds of millions over the course of the event. TV coverage details are yet to be announced.
To receive the tender document outlining the bid process for AC World Series host city, interested cities should contact Tom Huston at firstname.lastname@example.org.