Thursday, April 8, 2010

San Diego pursues Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta

The Port of San Diego, our host for so long during the build up to the 33rd America's Cup, has announced it is pursuing a Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta.

According to a statement issued by the Port: "The Board of Port Commissioners on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, agreed to notify the World Sailing Teams Association and Louis Vuitton of the region’s interest in hosting the event that would draw millions of television viewers and provide millions of dollars for the region’s economy.

"...While expressing their interest in hosting the sailing competition, the Commissioners reiterated their desire for the America’s Cup competition to be held in California.

"San Diego hosted America’s Cup regattas in 1988, 1992 and 1995 and the city is recognized as a world-class venue for sailing events. Besides great sailing weather, San Diego offers a wide range of services and activities that are needed to stage an event such as the Louis Vuitton Trophy and team base camp sites; many host accommodations in close proximity to downtown and waterside venues; and substantial facilities to support mega yachts which are likely to come to events along the Pacific coast."

The statement also made clear the Port's desire to see the 34th America's Cup held in California. Read the full text here.