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San Francisco Giants, America’s Cup tussle over piers

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: San Francisco Chronicle] Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who wants a deal to bring the America’s Cup regatta to San Francisco in place before he leaves his job as mayor in January, plans to introduce a binding agreement between the city and race organizers at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

But this deal isn’t going to please the Giants.

The world-famous yachting race needs space and piers to build boats and show them off to the public. The first proposal was to center the operations at Piers 48-50, which need costly infrastructure work. In exchange for paying to shore up the piers, the city would give up the long-term leasing rights for the site.

The Giants complained that might interfere with their plans to build in the area, a development that could include a new basketball arena or concert hall.

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San Francisco Giants, America’s Cup tussle over piers

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: San Francisco Chronicle] Lt. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who wants a deal to bring the America’s Cup regatta to San Francisco in place before he leaves his job as mayor in January, plans to introduce a binding agreement between the city and race organizers at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

But this deal isn’t going to please the Giants.

The world-famous yachting race needs space and piers to build boats and show them off to the public. The first proposal was to center the operations at Piers 48-50, which need costly infrastructure work. In exchange for paying to shore up the piers, the city would give up the long-term leasing rights for the site.

The Giants complained that might interfere with their plans to build in the area, a development that could include a new basketball arena or concert hall.

Read the rest of the story on the SF Chronicle

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SF Chronicle: Timeline if San Francisco is selected to host the America’s Cup

Posted on 28 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

A very interesting article appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle, referring to a draft agreement between the city and BMW Oracle about the 34th America’s Cup. One of the key points of this agreement, of copy of which was obtained by the Chronicle, is the promise by the city to raise “at least US$ 270 million from businesses and other sponsors if the city is picked to host the next America’s Cup”.

There are also several other points, some minor, in the agreement but what is of interest is the proposed timeline for the 34th America’s Cup if San Francisco is finally selected as the venue. If the timeline is correct, time is by far the most precious commodity for the challengers since a mere two years and a half will separate us from the America’s Cup match.

Timeline if San Francisco is selected to host the America’s Cup

October 2010 – October 2011: Complete studies and documentation for environmental review and permitting for the cup. During the same period, the Port of San Francisco and BMW Oracle Racing’s business arm will finalize the terms of a 66-year or longer lease for waterfront properties. The lease will allow for America’s Cup events and long term development rights on Piers 30-32, Pier 50 and sea wall lot 330.

Date unknown, 2011: Pre-regatta race that will use Pier 80 and possibly other facilities.

November 2011: Present long-term lease, environmental review documentation and permits for approval.

December 2011 – December 2012: Complete infrastructure improvements, including $150 million in repair work for piers.

Date unknown, 2012: Pre-regatta race that will use Pier 80 and possibly other facilities.

Spring 2013: America’s Cup is held.

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SF Chronicle: Timeline if San Francisco is selected to host the America’s Cup

Posted on 28 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

A very interesting article appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle, referring to a draft agreement between the city and BMW Oracle about the 34th America’s Cup. One of the key points of this agreement, of copy of which was obtained by the Chronicle, is the promise by the city to raise “at least US$ 270 million from businesses and other sponsors if the city is picked to host the next America’s Cup”.

There are also several other points, some minor, in the agreement but what is of interest is the proposed timeline for the 34th America’s Cup if San Francisco is finally selected as the venue. If the timeline is correct, time is by far the most precious commodity for the challengers since a mere two years and a half will separate us from the America’s Cup match.

Timeline if San Francisco is selected to host the America’s Cup

October 2010 – October 2011: Complete studies and documentation for environmental review and permitting for the cup. During the same period, the Port of San Francisco and BMW Oracle Racing’s business arm will finalize the terms of a 66-year or longer lease for waterfront properties. The lease will allow for America’s Cup events and long term development rights on Piers 30-32, Pier 50 and sea wall lot 330.

Date unknown, 2011: Pre-regatta race that will use Pier 80 and possibly other facilities.

November 2011: Present long-term lease, environmental review documentation and permits for approval.

December 2011 – December 2012: Complete infrastructure improvements, including $150 million in repair work for piers.

Date unknown, 2012: Pre-regatta race that will use Pier 80 and possibly other facilities.

Spring 2013: America’s Cup is held.

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Media, the poor cousins of the 34th America’s Cup?

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

With just one left until BMW Oracle presents in Valencia the final Protocol of the 34th America’s Cup, the type of boat as well as the year of celebration of the event, the San Francisco Examiner is increasing the content dedicated to the America’s Cup in general and the city’s efforts to lure Larry Ellison in particular.

Last Friday we were told that on Thursday, the Mayor and his staff held a meeting with Larry Ellison where they showed him a Powerpoint slideshow with their vision about the event. According to the newspaper, “a soaring webbed structure that evokes a sail” will provide cover over the “public heart” of the village, located at Pier 30-32. Pier 28 will host the media center, Brannan Street Wharf will host the superyachts that carry the racing yachts from their points of origin to the race, Pier 48 the administration, as well as Pier 50 the team bases, and Seawalls 330 and 337 for entertainment and media.

I have to admit, I’ve never been to San Francisco, so I had no idea where all those Piers are located, until I saw one graph that really puzzled me, depicting the America’s Cup southern waterfront venue and reproduced here below. It’s a bird’s eye view of all the facilities the city includes in its proposal to host the world’s most prestigious sailing event and gives a clear overview of where each infrastructure will be located. I suppose it is a plan drawn by the architectural office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, based on instructions by the mayor’s office. In fact, it seems to be based on the San Francisco digital model the same office had built in 2005.

It all looks very nice until you closely examine the proposed location of the “Media Center”, in particular its great separation from the Event Offices, and, especially, the Team Bases. A quick check on Google Maps shows that the distance separating the Media Center from the Team Bases is no less than 2 kilometers!!! I do understand that unlike Auckland or Valencia, San Francisco doesn’t have a natural circular basin where all facilities could closely fit together but I can’t believe there isn’t any space available to locate the Media Center closer to the Team Bases.

Not only is it 2 kilometers away from the bases, journalists would have to walk on a public street, go through the AT&T stadium, cross a bridge and walk another 300 meters to reach the closest base. On the other hand, the International TV Compound is strategically located, a few meters away from the bases as are the Event Offices. Journalists will not be able to just simply leave their desk, walk to a base and come back 15 minutes later! Gone are the days when they could check what was going on in the bases just by leaning over the windows of the Media Center. It is perfectly understandable BMW Oracle gives TV absolute priority but to the point of transforming the rest of media as the poor cousins of the 34th America’s Cup?

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Media, the poor cousins of the 34th America’s Cup?

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

With just one left until BMW Oracle presents in Valencia the final Protocol of the 34th America’s Cup, the type of boat as well as the year of celebration of the event, the San Francisco Examiner is increasing the content dedicated to the America’s Cup in general and the city’s efforts to lure Larry Ellison in particular.

Last Friday we were told that on Thursday, the Mayor and his staff held a meeting with Larry Ellison where they showed him a Powerpoint slideshow with their vision about the event. According to the newspaper, “a soaring webbed structure that evokes a sail” will provide cover over the “public heart” of the village, located at Pier 30-32. Pier 28 will host the media center, Brannan Street Wharf will host the superyachts that carry the racing yachts from their points of origin to the race, Pier 48 the administration, as well as Pier 50 the team bases, and Seawalls 330 and 337 for entertainment and media.

I have to admit, I’ve never been to San Francisco, so I had no idea where all those Piers are located, until I saw one graph that really puzzled me, depicting the America’s Cup southern waterfront venue and reproduced here below. It’s a bird’s eye view of all the facilities the city includes in its proposal to host the world’s most prestigious sailing event and gives a clear overview of where each infrastructure will be located. I suppose it is a plan drawn by the architectural office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, based on instructions by the mayor’s office. In fact, it seems to be based on the San Francisco digital model the same office had built in 2005.

It all looks very nice until you closely examine the proposed location of the “Media Center”, in particular its great separation from the Event Offices, and, especially, the Team Bases. A quick check on Google Maps shows that the distance separating the Media Center from the Team Bases is no less than 2 kilometers!!! I do understand that unlike Auckland or Valencia, San Francisco doesn’t have a natural circular basin where all facilities could closely fit together but I can’t believe there isn’t any space available to locate the Media Center closer to the Team Bases.

Not only is it 2 kilometers away from the bases, journalists would have to walk on a public street, go through the AT&T stadium, cross a bridge and walk another 300 meters to reach the closest base. On the other hand, the International TV Compound is strategically located, a few meters away from the bases as are the Event Offices. Journalists will not be able to just simply leave their desk, walk to a base and come back 15 minutes later! Gone are the days when they could check what was going on in the bases just by leaning over the windows of the Media Center. It is perfectly understandable BMW Oracle gives TV absolute priority but to the point of transforming the rest of media as the poor cousins of the 34th America’s Cup?

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San Francisco announced as sole USA host-city candidate for 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 08 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] San Francisco has put forward a strong, well-rounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America’s Cup match.

The city is home to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, whose team BMW ORACLE Racing, won the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain on 14 February.

The 34th America’s Cup is scheduled for 2013 or 2014, the year to be determined by infrastructure development lead-times.

“Our team has said from the outset that San Francisco and the Bay Area have the potential to provide a superb stage on which to host a memorable America’s Cup,” commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. “Our team owner, Larry Ellison, has called the Bay ‘a fantastic natural amphitheatre’.”

In being granted status as the sole venue candidate in the USA, San Francisco can forge ahead with plans to provide the necessary facilities for the America’s Cup along the City’s waterfront, south of the Bay Bridge. It also now allows San Francisco to “nationalize” their efforts and to seek support from the State of California and the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Under the Cup’s governing rules, the Deed of Gift written in 1852, the winner and hence Defender for the next Match chooses the venue.

San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom said, “We are very honored to lead a national effort to host the 34th America’s Cup. Larry Ellison has a transformative vision for hosting the Cup on San Francisco Bay, and we are prepared to leverage the nation’s support to make this a coast-to-coast campaign and to realize that vision.”

Other US cities have been excited by the prospect of hosting the America’s Cup match, notably Newport, Rhode Island where Cup racing was held from 1930 through 1983, San Diego, California which hosted Cup defenses in 1988, 1992 and 1995, and Long Beach, California, site of the 1984 Olympic yachting regatta and the annual Congressional Cup.

Coutts said, “We are extremely grateful to the other American candidates. Their disappointment is understandable as each would have been a great host city in its own right. And we appreciate their offers of support to San Francisco going forward.

Strong expressions of interest from four European countries are also being studied by the American Defender. GGYC/BOR will announce a final decision on the venue, along with the date and other details of the next America’s Cup by the end of this year.

The America’s Cup has been defended only twice outside of the holder’s home waters in its 159 year history – at Valencia, Spain in 2007 and 2010.

The City of San Francisco will be making its own announcement today.

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San Francisco announced as sole USA host-city candidate for 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 08 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] San Francisco has put forward a strong, well-rounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America’s Cup match.

The city is home to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, whose team BMW ORACLE Racing, won the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain on 14 February.

The 34th America’s Cup is scheduled for 2013 or 2014, the year to be determined by infrastructure development lead-times.

“Our team has said from the outset that San Francisco and the Bay Area have the potential to provide a superb stage on which to host a memorable America’s Cup,” commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. “Our team owner, Larry Ellison, has called the Bay ‘a fantastic natural amphitheatre’.”

In being granted status as the sole venue candidate in the USA, San Francisco can forge ahead with plans to provide the necessary facilities for the America’s Cup along the City’s waterfront, south of the Bay Bridge. It also now allows San Francisco to “nationalize” their efforts and to seek support from the State of California and the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Under the Cup’s governing rules, the Deed of Gift written in 1852, the winner and hence Defender for the next Match chooses the venue.

San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom said, “We are very honored to lead a national effort to host the 34th America’s Cup. Larry Ellison has a transformative vision for hosting the Cup on San Francisco Bay, and we are prepared to leverage the nation’s support to make this a coast-to-coast campaign and to realize that vision.”

Other US cities have been excited by the prospect of hosting the America’s Cup match, notably Newport, Rhode Island where Cup racing was held from 1930 through 1983, San Diego, California which hosted Cup defenses in 1988, 1992 and 1995, and Long Beach, California, site of the 1984 Olympic yachting regatta and the annual Congressional Cup.

Coutts said, “We are extremely grateful to the other American candidates. Their disappointment is understandable as each would have been a great host city in its own right. And we appreciate their offers of support to San Francisco going forward.

Strong expressions of interest from four European countries are also being studied by the American Defender. GGYC/BOR will announce a final decision on the venue, along with the date and other details of the next America’s Cup by the end of this year.

The America’s Cup has been defended only twice outside of the holder’s home waters in its 159 year history – at Valencia, Spain in 2007 and 2010.

The City of San Francisco will be making its own announcement today.

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