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Locals, city start America’s Cup campaign

City officials and members of Alameda’s sailing and business communities are banding together in an effort to help bring the America’s Cup sailing race to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013, a move they hope will lift the Island’s profile – and generate cash for city and commercial coffers.

Russel Couts, CEO of Oracle Racing, and Alameda resident Bob Naber at the Golden Gate Yacht Club reception in February.Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW-Oracle Racing, and Alameda resident, GGYC member, and multi-hull enthusiast Bob Naber at the Golden Gate Yacht Club reception in February.

Development Services Director Leslie Little has contacted her counterpart in San Francisco, which has been asked to submit a proposal to host the race. And on Wednesday, the city couriered a package touting the Island’s assets and willingness to support San Francisco to Oracle chief Larry Ellison, whose BMW Oracle Racing Team won the 33rd Cup match on February 14 in Valencia, Spain. (They were sponsored by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, which gets to decide where the next match will be held.)

“We see this as an opportunity to leverage Alameda’s participating in this,” Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant said. “We are prepared to be a partner with San Francisco.”

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