Excerpt from Alameda Patch by Michele Ellison
Artemis Racing, which represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club and is the challenger of record for the Cup, is leasing a 110,000-square-foot former airplane hangar at Alameda Point.
City officials said they’re thrilled the 70-person Artemis team has chosen to make Alameda their home away from home, and they touted the array of services, maritime and otherwise, at the team’s disposal.
“We are honored that some of the most elite sailors in the world, commandeering the fastest sailing vessels, have chosen to make Alameda their home port,” Mayor Marie Gilmore said. “We enthusiastically welcome the 70-member Artemis Team and their families to our community.”
The Cup has been billed as the world’s most prestigious sailing event.
The next World Series event takes place from June 26 to July 1 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Cup comes to San Francisco in late August, when World Series racing takes place, and continues there in October during Fleet Week.
Teams will race for the Louis Vuitton Cup from July 4, 2013 to September 1, 2013, with the winner earning the sole right to challenge defending America’s Cup champion ORACLE Racing for the title.
The city has also been designated as an official launching point for accessing the races, with expanded service from its ferry terminals.
The City of Alameda, with a diverse population of 73,850, is a sophisticated Bay Area island community with a small town feel. It is known for tree-lined streets, a clean/green sustainable focus, natural beauty, abundant recreational opportunities, an excellent quality of life, high standard of living and Victorian charm. Having more Victorian Era homes per capital than anywhere else in the Bay Area, the city is renowned for preservation efforts. First Lady Michelle Obama designated the City of Alameda a Preserve American Community, making it one of a select group of communities nationwide.
Unique points of interest include USS Hornet Museum ship, the Oakland Raiders training facility, historic Art Deco theater, the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Frank Bette Center for the Arts and many wineries and distilleries. Hiking and biking trails cover the map and boutique main street shops and gourmet restaurants line the streets.