America's Cup Update
The Dolphin Club is a volunteer, non-profit, public access organization whose 1,000 + members join with many others in enjoying water-contact recreation in and on San Francisco Bay. We support the America's Cup racing program, but have strong concerns over the unclear, open ended collateral aspects proposed for Aquatic Park, such as the mooring of a Barge, 12 story long with a 22 feet high by 44 feet long, Jumbotron video screen 3-4 feet above the water in the muddy bottom of the shallow cove of Aquatic Park.
The environmental protection laws on both the State and Federal levels require a detailed identification of proposed activities and construction, along with the Analysis, Mitigation and Alternatives of potential adverse impacts. This is required so that these impacts, once known upon established and current data, can be reduced through Mitigation plans, or eliminated through reasonable Alternatives.
The America's Cup EIR has failed to provide the minimally required identification of the activities and structures they propose for Aquatic Park, and have not Analyzed the negative impacts or the proposal of reasonable land based Alternatives as required by law and a responsible user of the SFBay concerned with the health and safety of others.
One hundred and sixty years old, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. The America's Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions – featuring the best sailors on the world's fastest boats, the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The inaugural America's Cup World Series season runs August 2011 – July 2012. In the summer of 2013, the 34th America's Cup begins with the Louis Vuitton Cup July 4-September 1, followed by the America's Cup Finals September 7-22. For more information, go to: www.americascup.com.
- Special Local Regulation
- America's Cup Operations News
- Maps: 2012 Primary Regulated Area and 2013 Primary Regulated Area
March 1 6:30 in the Staib Room, we'll have a question and answer session with Commander Mark Ames of the U.S. Coast Guard on the topic of the Special Local Regulation for the America's Cup 34 regatta.
February 28 SF Chronicle Story America's Cup Organizers Drop Overhaul of Piers
February 15 SF Weekly article, The Cup Runneth Over: SF America's Cup Decision Looms
February 15 Coast Guard announces publication of a proposed special local regulation for the AC. Download the press release.
February 10 SF Gate article: America's Cup May Cost City Millions, Report Says
February 6 Waterfront Advisory Meeting. Download the notice.
January 30 The U.S Coast Guard Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the America's Cup special local regulations is available in the Federal Register. We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. Comments are due by April 30, 2012. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided.
January 31 Ground Breaking on the Cruise Terminal See the highlight below. Or read the full press release.
January 24 Great News! No Jumbotron in the Cove! Congratulations to all who particiapted in getting this done! Go AC34!!! ~DC/SE Boards.
Please read the joint letter from the Dolphin Club and SERC.
Letter dated January 11, 2012
January 31 Highlight from "Ground Breaking on the Cruise Terminal" press release: "The vote to endorse the EIR is a testimony by our City's leaders to the importance that the America's Cup races will have on San Francisco's future as a world-class city," said America's Cup Organizing Committee Chairman Mark Buell. "I applaud the Supervisors and all our community members, for recognizing the high-quality work that has gotten us to this point in a very timely and transparent process. I also thank our partners at the America's Cup Event Authority and America's Cup Race Management, for their hard work in helping us get to this point. These remarkable achievements will be reflected in the events as well as the legacy projects, such as the cruise terminal, for San Francisco."
The America's Cup World Series races will be held in San Francisco from August 11 – 19 and August 27 – September 2, 2012. The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, will be held in San Francisco from July 4 – September 1, 2013 and the America's Cup Finals will be held September 7 – 22, 2013.