Gavin Newsom is not only the newly minted lieutenant governor of California — he has also just been named the first-ever “ambassador at large for the 34th America’s Cup.”
As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom’s team managed to present software magnate and yachting aficionado Larry Ellison with a sweet enough deal to convince him to bring the international yachting race to San Francisco Bay. Ellison owns Oracle Racing team, the team that won the last America’s Cup on behalf of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club in February.
Now, Newsom’s role in that deal is being recognized.
In a press release, Oracle Racing Chief Executive Officer Russell Coutts credited Newsom with being “the driving force behind the 34th America’s Cup coming to San Francisco.”
“We expect the next America’s Cup to attract fans from around the world and Lieutenant Governor Newsom will help ensure that the Bay Area will be presented in the best possible way,” he said in the statement.
Newsom’s role will be to help attract and welcome visitors from other states and abroad to the event, and support efforts to create a “superior fan and participant experience both on and off the water,” the release states.
Newsom has gladly accepted his new position.
“I could not be more pleased to continue my work on the 34th America’s Cup,” he said in the release.