San Francisco eliminated from America's Cup running

San Francisco eliminated from America's Cup running
June 11, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill holds up the Auld Mug after winning the America's Cup over Team New Zealand. (AP)

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San Francisco, the hometown of Oracle Team USA, is out of the running to host the 2014 America’s Cup.

After much consideration, San Diego, Bermuda and Chicago remain as potential hosts.

San Diego is believed to be in a strong position, backed by political support from Mayor Kevin Faulconer. If selected, its racing would be on the bay, rather than farther out into the Pacific Ocean where it was in 1988, 1992 and 1995.

Bob Nelson, the chairman of the board of commissioners at the Unified Port of San Diego expressed the importance of San Diego securing the bid, saying, “We must secure this race in a way that benefits the people of our region and also advances the interest of the sport.''

Even though the 2013 America's Cup was troubled in many ways, racing on San Francisco Bay was spectacular, with the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz bordering the first inshore race course in the regatta's long history.

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