October 6, 2010 / 3:38 PM / 9 years ago

San Francisco seeks 2013 America's Cup for Yachting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco officials have voted to pursue hosting the 2013 America’s Cup,

The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 9-to-2 on Tuesday to seek an agreement with race organizers to host sailing’s most prestigious event, city spokesman Tony Winnicker told Reuters.

Mayor Gavin Newsom said the city would be a perfect setting for the cup defense.

“San Francisco Bay and its natural amphitheatre is the best place on earth to defend the America’s Cup and bring millions of new fans to sailing from around the world,” Newsom said in a statement.

“The board affirmed the city’s commitment to be a strong partner ... if we are fortunate to be selected as the host city.

California software billionaire Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team, sponsored by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the cup in February during races off Valencia, Spain.

Ellison’s team will decide the location of its defense with a decision expected by year’s end.

Valencia and an undisclosed port in Italy also are seeking to host the race.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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