“2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S., and we are very proud of Luna Rossa’s participation in the America’s Cup,” said Mauro Battocchi, Consul General of Italy in San Francisco. “Italy is a nation of sailors and sailing is very popular with the Italian public. Italy will follow the America’s Cup step by step and we do hope for a great performance.”
City officials hope that having Luna Rossa, and Artemis, a Swedish team, based in Alameda will boost the local economy.
Roughly one year ago, the City of San Francisco and the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) announced a downsized venue plan to support the 34th America’s Cup, removing Piers 30-32 from the plan, and consolidating all racing teams at Pier 80 and build a race village at Pier 27-29.
The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, will be held in San Francisco from July 4th to September 1st, 2013 and the America’s Cup Finals will be held September 7th to 22nd, 2013.