SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Westerly Marine in Orange County will build the new class of yachts to be sailed in the Super 12 Cup beginning in July 2017 on San Francisco Bay.
The Super 12s are a modernized, one-design version of the venerable 12 Meters that were used in the America's Cup from 1958-1987.
The Super 12 Cup, also known as the San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge, was founded by former America's Cup executive Tom Ehman.
Some in the sailing community have doubted whether Ehman could pull off the regatta, which he plans to run annually. Ehman says Friday's announcement "makes it all real. It's a big step."
Westerly Marine builds composite racing and cruising boats. It has built boats that have won the Transpac and Sydney to Hobart races, and that have competed in the America's Cup trials.