DATE: August 5, 2014
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: SUPPORTING A BID BY THE PORT OF SAN DIEGO TO HOST THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP IN 2017 (DISTRICTS: ALL)
The Unified Port of San Diego oversees the use of public tidelands around San Diego Bay and is entrusted to balance maritime uses and economic vitality, tourism, recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety. Part of that mission includes activating port tidelands for recreational purposes and currently, the Port is bidding to host the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
The America’s Cup has been defended three times in San Diego, in 1988, 1992 and 1995. With our picturesque background, consistent wind, ample public viewing facilities and rich, nautical tradition, San Diego is the ideal location to host the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
Today’s action will confirm our Board’s support for the Port’s bid to bring the America’s Cup challenge back to San Diego in 2017 and ensure the County’s participation in Port efforts.
SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS AND SUPERVISOR GREG COX
Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to draft a letter for the Chairwoman’s signature to the Chairman of the Port of San Diego that will communicate the County’s official support for bringing the 35th America’s Cup to San Diego Bay in 2017.
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.
Business Impact Statement
Advisory Board Statement
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sports dating back to 1851 when the schooner America won the 100 Pound Cup over the British Royal Yacht. This was the first triumph of the new world over the old world, and the cup has been challenged ever since.
The Oracle Team USA racing group, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the America’s Cup in 2013. They will defend its title against Emirates Team New Zealand representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in 2017.
We welcome the international exposure associated with hosting major sporting events like the America’s Cup because it brings tourism dollars to San Diego and it increases the reputation of San Diego as a great place to travel.
With San Diego’s rich history of sailing that includes previously hosting three America’s Cup challenges in 1988, 1992, and 1995, along with a strong tradition of Navy excellence, consistent wind and ample public viewing facilities, San Diego is the ideal location to host the 35th America’s Cup challenge in 2017.
And San Diego is no stranger to large sporting events. Many large sporting events including the U.S. Open, the Farmers Insurance Open, the Davis Cup, the World Baseball Classic, three NFL Super Bowls, dozens of marathons and even the first ever triathlon have been held in San Diego.
If San Diego is selected as the host of the 35th America’s Cup, the event will be held entirely within San Diego Bay where public viewing would be maximized. San Diego is one of two remaining cities that are bidding for the 2017 challenge, and accordingly we ask that the Board of Supervisors express its official support for the Port’s bid to bring the race to San Diego Bay.
Today’s action will confirm our Board’s support for the Port’s bid to bring the America’s Cup race back to San Diego in 2017 and ensure the County’s participation in Port efforts.
Linkage to the County of San Diego Strategic Plan
These recommendations would help accomplish the County’s Strategic Initiatives and advance the County’s Vision of providing a safe, healthy and thriving community for all our residents.
Supervisor, Third District
Supervisor, First District
AGENDA ITEM INFORMATION SHEET
REQUIRES FOUR VOTES: [ ] Yes [X] No
WRITTEN DISCLOSURE PER COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 1000.1 REQUIRED [ ] Yes [ ] No
ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT: Supervisor Greg Cox and Supervisor Dave Roberts
OTHER CONCURRENCES(S): N/A