City Council supports effort to bring America’s Cup back to San Diego

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Final race of America's Cup in 2013 (Photo: Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council Thursday passed a resolution in favor of hosting the America’s Cup races in 2017.

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Final race of America’s Cup in 2013 (Photo: Getty Images)

San Diego and Bermuda are the two finalists for the 35th America’s Cup. The event was held in San Francisco Bay last summer.

The resolution brought forward by Councilman Ed Harris supports efforts by the Port of San Diego to bring the competition back to San Diego.

“San Diego already has the infrastructure in place for the America’s Cup, and we know what it takes to host this event,” said Harris. “This breathtaking spectator sport would be a boost to our economy, and we could once again showcase America’s Finest City to the world at this international sporting event.”

San Diego hosted the event in 1988, 1992 and 1995, but those regattas were held out at sea off Point Loma. This time, the yacht races would be held in the bay to make the America’s Cup more spectator-friendly.

“San Diego hasn’t hosted an America’s Cup in nearly 20 years and bringing it back to San Diego could be great for our city.  This would be a phenomenal opportunity to showcase San Diego to the rest of the world,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.