City could find out chances of hosting next sailing race 

After a wait of a couple months, many of the details of the next America’s Cup sailing race will be revealed Thursday, likely including the year the race will be held, what vessels will be raced and when a final decision on the location will be made.

America’s Cup officials will hold a news conference in Rome — at the wee hour of 3 a.m. local time. San Francisco is in the running against a handful of other cities for the privilege of hosting the lucrative international event, and the details revealed Thursday could have a bearing on exactly what infrastructure would have to be built on The City’s waterfront — and by what date — in order to accommodate the race.

Officials will not announce where the next race will be held, but will at minimum lay out the timeline by which that decision will be made, according to Marcus Young, commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The possibility that San Francisco could host the oldest race in modern sports came about when BMW Oracle Racing, which has made its home at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, swept the America’s Cup trophy from the hands of reigning champion Alinghi of Switzerland.

The winner of the Cup earns the right to determine the location and time of the next race, and also negotiate the parameters of the vessels and the rules of the race with an official challenger, which in this case is the Italian club Nautico di Roma.

Michael Cohen, chief of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, said a team of government and business representatives have been meeting regularly to determine what must be done to bring the competition here.

There are four locations still on the table: Piers 30-32 under the Bay Bridge, Pier 48 just south of AT&T Park, Pier 80 at the base of Cesar Chavez Street and Treasure Island.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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