Taste of the Cup

Racing schedule for old IACC boats in San Francisco is announced

Saturday June 7th 2003, Author: Michelle Slade, Location: United States
The Challenge Series has begun operations at the new America's Cup Class Yachting Center on Pier One at Treasure Island in the heart of San Francisco Bay. The compound will provide a base for the America’s Cup Class yachts that will be racing in an annual regatta series on San Francisco Bay.

Pier One is being subleased from The Treasure Island Development Authority, which is charged with managing the transition of the island from the military use to the public use.

"Treasure Island is a fantastic home for these special, historic yachts, particularly given it’s location in the middle of the Bay, offering close proximity to San Francisco and our company base in Sausalito,” commented Tina Kleinjan, co-founder of The Challenge Series.

Under the agreement with the Authority, The Challenge Series will conduct regular tours of the compound to disadvantaged youth, with an incentive program in place for selected kids to sail on the Bay aboard an America’s Cup yacht.

According to Annemarie Conroy, Authority executive director, “We've already put hundreds of disadvantaged kids out sailing on the Bay. The Challenge Series yachting center will only enhance and expand our efforts in restoring recreational opportunities on Treasure Island, an ex-military base and therefore formerly inaccessible to the people of San Francisco.”

With up to ten teams participating in The Challenge Series 2003 season, including Larry Ellison’s Oracle BMW Racing, the new yachting center will provide a focal point for the most exciting yacht racing ever witnessed on San Francisco Bay.

Yachts currently stored at the new compound include Stars and Stripes, New Zealand Challenge, Il Moro di Venezia, NZL-20, Le Defi Areva, and K-Challenge.

The complete 2003 IACCSF racing schedule is as follows:

The Sausalito Cup - June 20-22
The Il Moro Trophy - July 25-27
The Golden Gate Cup - Sept. 6-14
The 2003 IACC Worlds on Oct. 11-19

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