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2017 America’s Cup would have been great fit

December 9, 2014

By U-T San Diego Editorial Board

Our accomplished, distinguished local sailing community got the bad news last week: Bermuda had been chosen over San Diego to host the 2017 America’s Cup.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — the Silicon Valley-based owner of the yacht that won last year’s competition in San Francisco — hasn’t explained his decision. Money seems to be the prime factor. Bermuda couldn’t offer a better venue for sailing or viewing than San Diego, but Bermudan officials offered fewer taxes and more subsidies. So now we’ll have the unprecedented spectacle of an American team choosing not to defend its America’s Cup title in America — instead selecting a British territory 650 miles off the Carolina coast.

And so America’s Finest City won’t get a fourth chance to host the world’s premier sailing event. Too bad. It would have been a great fit.

We appreciate those who tried to bring the 2017 America’s Cup here and hope they pursue the event again in coming years. That list starts with Sailing Events Association San Diego board member Troy Sears. We also thank officials with the Unified Port of San Diego and the San Diego Yacht Club as well as Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Ed Plant of Harborside Refrigerated Services.

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