San Francisco won the bidding to host the America’s Cup in 2013, which will be sailed in fast catamarans with a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Coit Tower.
Friday’s announcement by the America’s Cup Event Authority came after talks with San Francisco and Newport, R.I., went to the deadline for picking the venue for sailing’s marquee regatta.
“Should there be any problem with San Francisco fulfilling their end of the deal, we’ll be looking to Newport to jump in,” Ehman told The Associated Press.
BMW Oracle Racing, owned by software mogul Larry Ellison, won back the oldest trophy in international sports for the United States with a two-race sweep of Alinghi of Switzerland in February off Valencia. The 2013 regatta will be contested in 72-foot, wing-sailed catamarans.
Addition story from the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/31/BAQ11H1QRE.DTL