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Port touts San Diego Bay as perfect venue

With America's Cup at stake, port touts San Diego Bay as perfect for stadium sailing

Port touts San Diego Bay as perfect venue

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Port of San Diego is making a final push to host the America's Cup, including releasing a splashy video touting the bay as a perfect venue for so-called stadium sailing.

San Diego is competing with Bermuda, a British territory, to host the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

The video, posted online Wednesday, says organizers can count on a breeze of more than 8 knots on San Diego Bay 93 percent of the time to ensure a reliable TV schedule.

The next-generation America's Cup catamarans are expected to rise up on hydrofoils in single-digit wind speeds.

San Diego hosted the America's Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995, with racing on the Pacific Ocean several miles off Point Loma.

A venue decision is expected before the end of the year.