The America's Cup Comes Home

The America’s Cup is back in the United States. The oldest trophy in international sports arrived in San Francisco late last week, following BMW Oracle’s win over Alinghi in two straight races in Valencia, Spain.The trophy flew first class from Valencia, accompanied by members of the BMW Oracle racing team, for a “victory tour” in the United States.After touching down last Friday in
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The America’s Cup is back in the United States. The oldest trophy in international sports arrived in San Francisco late last week, following BMW Oracle’s win over Alinghi in two straight races in Valencia, Spain.

The trophy flew first class from Valencia, accompanied by members of the BMW Oracle racing team, for a “victory tour” in the United States.

After touching down last Friday in California, the Cup travelled with a police escort to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the titular challenger for the recent match, where the team met with club members later in the evening.

"The third time is the charm," said team founder Larry Ellison, recounting his 10-quest for the cup. "From the sailors to the design team and boat builders, everyone’s work combined in Valencia to deliver us the 33rd America’s Cup."

After its visit with Golden Gate club member, the Cup traveled to San Francisco City Hall where Mayor Gavin Newsom formally welcomed the Cup and team back to the United States.

After that, the Cup and members of the BMW Oracle team headed south to San Diego, where the team operated a training base for 16 months in 2008 and 2009. The Cup was also put on display aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway, now a museum on the city’s waterfront.

Now word yet on how or when the next America’s Cup regatta will be held, but there’s been plenty of talk and speculation. Perhaps the most tantalizing comment came from USA skipper James Spithill. Although a native Australian, he lives in San Francisco with his Californian wife and is apparently a big fan of doing some racing on the Bay. Talk about a venue! Watch it here:

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