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Port of San Diego Makes America’s Cup Shortlist

September 11, 2014

San Diego has been shortlisted as one of two final potential host cities for the 35th America’s Cup, according to the organizers of the renowned sailing event.

The Port of San Diego is the lead agency carrying forward the region’s bid for hosting the event.

“We are energized and honored to be one of the two final venues being considered for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017,” said Port of San DiegoChairman Bob Nelson. “San Diego Bay is a highly competitive and desirable venue for the most prestigious sailing event in the world. We’re enthusiastic about this opportunity, while mindful of both the potential benefits and costs of hosting the ‘Super Bowl of sailing.’ We look forward to working with the City of San Diego and other regional partners as we close this deal with the America’s Cup Event Authority.”

Chairman Nelson announced the formation of an America’s Cup 35 Ad Hoc Committee to continue working on the region’s bid for the event. Port Vice Chairman Dan Malcolm will chair the committee, and its members will include Nelson and Commissioner Garry Bonelli.

“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.”

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 far 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.

To advance the venue selection process over the coming months, the America’s Cup Event Authority 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.

The host city for the next America’s Cup will be announced by ACEA before the end of 2014.


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