The Bay Area is abuzz with the recent news that San Francisco will host the next America's Cup, a world-class competitive sailing event that will put the spotlight on San Francisco Bay. The America’s Cup Finals will take place in 2013, while the America’s Cup World Series begins this summer and the Challenger Selection Series will be held in 2012. The race series has the potential to bring more than $1 billion to the local economy, create thousands of jobs and upgrade the San Francisco waterfront to accommodate hundreds of large sail boats and millions of spectators.
Baykeeper is excited to have the Bay featured on the world stage. We plan to work with the City and race authorities to ensure that environmental protection remains a key principle in preparing for the Cup. This week, for instance, we're beginning to survey water birds that use the San Francisco waterfront to roost, so we can help determine what needs to be done to protect them during any redevelopment. We'll keep you updated as our work progresses in preparation for the America's Cup.