San Francisco won the bidding to host the America's Cup competition in 2013, which will be sailed in fast catamarans with a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Coit Tower.
“We sought a venue that fulfills our promise – to showcase the best sailors in the world competing on the fastest boats,” America’s Cup Event Authority chairman Richard Worth said in a statement about choosing San Francisco over Newport, R.I.
BMW Oracle Racing, owned by software mogul Larry Ellison, regained the oldest trophy in international sports for the United States by sweeping Alinghi of Switzerland in February off Valencia, Spain.
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Fifteen two-man crews set off from Spain toward Gibraltar to start the three-month Barcelona World Race around the globe.