South Beach piers eyed for sailing locales 

Treasure Island has been nixed as a potential site to host the America’s Cup, leaving the South Beach piers between Pier 30 and Pier 50 as the most likely site to host teams and boats for the international sailing event — if San Francisco is chosen as the host city.

Billionaire Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup team, which has the power to decide where the next regatta will take place, announced this week that San Francisco has become the nation’s only contender to be host. That announcement eliminated San Diego, Long Beach and Newport, R.I., which had all hoped for a chance to host the race.

However, San Francisco is up against four European cities.

Since Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing won the America’s Cup against Swiss team Alinghi in February, San Francisco officials and other local leaders have been in talks with the team, based out of  Golden Gate Yacht Club, about how to bring the next race — tentatively scheduled for 2013 — to San Francisco.

The City initially said it was looking at several waterfront areas, including Treasure Island, Pier 27 near Telegraph Hill, Fort Mason, Piers 30-32 near the Bay Bridge, Pier 48 just south of AT&T Park and Pier 80 at the base of Cesar Chavez Street.

That pool has since been narrowed, and The City is looking at potentially hosting America’s Cup boats and teams at several sites along the southern waterfront, including Piers 30-32, Pier 48 and perhaps Pier 80, according to sources in the Mayor’s Office.

However, the best viewing places for the event — which may call for large-screen TVs in certain areas that could provide close-up shots of the sailors or live statistics to supplement the view — will likely be the northern waterfront.

Now that San Francisco has become the nation’s only chance to host the Cup, The City will solicit help from a broad range of sailing experts across the nation, and perhaps seek state and federal funds to pay for the tens of millions in infrastructure improvements needed to support the international event.

Staff Writer Erin Sherbert contributed
to this report.

Other potential hosts

While San Francisco is the lone U.S. city still in the running to host the America’s Cup, four European cities also are in contention:

  • Valencia, Spain
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Naples, Italy
  • Marseilles, France

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