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News of possible interest including the 34th America's Cup @ San Francisco Bay 7-22 September 2013

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Ahoy All, America s Cub in San Francisco Bay is exciting news! I ve signed up to be a volunteer in the realm of communications. Other positions are available,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 26, 2011
    Ahoy All,
    America's Cub in San Francisco Bay is exciting news! I've signed up to be a volunteer in the realm of communications. Other positions are available, including paid billets.
    We will be involved with co-sponsoring the Navy League's 2013 National Convention in Long Beach and we will be needing volunteer hosts for that early summer of 2013 event.
    Its in the wind to increase the dues for various categories of dues paying membership. Seems some of influence believe it will assist membership and income. I have my doubts on both accounts. I am advising all regular members able to do so to upgrade their Navy League membership to Life Member status that way they will avoid any dues increase and help the Navy League right here and now.
    The Pacific Merchant Marine Council is at a new high, 111 members. The last several days I have been introducing many in the Bay Area to the Navy League to boost our membership. I anticipate further improvement shortly.
    I have thanks to hand out...
    The material submitted to SeaPower magazine about our council's Vice President - Youth Affairs, receiving recognition from the Canadian Legion for her sterling work as an instructor with the Arkansas Division Sea Cadets is in the June issue. BRAVO ZULU Karen Freitas! The council is now noted by Sea Cadets leadership above the Division as a co-sponsor, with the Canadian Legion, in addition to being a supporter!
    Many thanks for our members who traveled east to participate the Annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In, May 4. We were a co-sponsor last year and again this year. You can visit http://www.maritimeindustrysailin.com and see we are clearly listed with the other sponsors. The council had a half dozen members participate!
    Many thanks for the eight council members aboard the SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN's Seamen's Memorial Cruise Sunday. Our newest member Dave Nolan, Executive Vice President, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, was aboard. We both had memorial wreaths.
    Many thanks to all members who attended the Pacific Merchant Marine Council - Propeller Club San Francisco Port luncheon Tuesday at Scotts. Good show! I didn't sit in on the port's board meeting afterwards but I did notice the majority present were council members! Thanks all.
    I don't have a firm date, time, place, for our next council event but think Oakland for lunch. It will probably be in July after I return from the NLUS Board of Directors meeting in Maryland. The focus will likely be "WELCOME ABOARD," a special thanks for our new members. Your suggestions always welcome.
    Let's continue to recruit members so we can introduce them at our upcoming special event. No charge for them to attend.
    See what you think of the attached "About Us" one pager attached. It will continue to be tweaked as we progress and continue to identify exactly what we do in support of the maritime industry.
    I've a lot of correspondence and telephoning to do but I always have time to chat with you. Stay in touch! You're special - our council is special. Thanks for being a loyal member!
    Heave Ho,
    Phelps Hobart, President
    Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
    The Maritime Logistics Council
    (916) 739-6949 or cell (916) 955-3972

    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:18 PM
    Subject: [PCR-NLUS] 34th America's Cup @ San Francisco Bay 7-22 September 2013 [1 Attachment]

    Its big and its within the Pacific Central Region! Anyone, any council, interested in addition to the Pacific Merchant Marine Council? Yes, the America's Cup will have an impact on commerce transiting the San Francisco Bay. It will be a spectacular spectator event. We will be there on our adopted National Liberty Ship Memorial SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN and among the event volunteers.

    The 34th America's Cup brings the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport back to the United States for the first time in 18 years. And it does so in style, with exciting new boats, a new format for the racing, and television and web coverage like nothing you've ever seen. As well, the America's Cup World Series will take the racing to venues around the world in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    There are two new classes of boats, both will be more powerful, more demanding of the crews and faster than anything seen at the America's Cup before. The AC45 catamarans will be raced in 2011 and into the first months of 2012. They are designed to give new teams an opportunity to learn wing-sailed multihulls as they design and build their own AC72 - the revolutionary catamarans that will be raced in the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup in 2013.

    “We believe this new format and new boat will put the America’s Cup back at the pinnacle of our sport," said ORACLE Racing CEO Russell Coutts, in announcing the changes in September 2010. "They will give equal opportunity to competitors and long-term economic stability to all teams and all commercial partners. We promised fairness and innovation and this is what we’ve delivered."

    Bringing the racing to the people is a new priority. In addition to near-shore race courses for those on site, television coverage is set to be revolutionized for those further afield. Through new graphics technology, enhanced on board footage, over a dozen on board microphones as well as informed and exciting commentary, watching the story of the 34th America's Cup unfold on TV might just be better than being there to see it in person.

    Similarly, the online offering will take advantage of the very latest the web has to offer to develop the characters behind the teams and bring the story alive, anytime, anywhere.

    In 2013, the race for the America's Cup will reach its zenith in San Francisco, the host city of the 34th America's Cup. The spectacular natural amphitheater of San Francisco Bay will be the site of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series as well as the America's Cup Finals.

    Louis Vuitton Cup: 13 July – 1 September 2013
    America’s Cup Match (Finals): 7-22 September 2013

    The America's Cup is the world's third-largest sporting competition, after the Olympics and soccer's World Cup. Securing hosting rights to the Cup is therefore a prestigious and economically significant prize for any community. The economic benefits of bringing the America's Cup to San Francisco would come primarily through expenditures by racing syndicates, and through spending on hotels, restaurants, and retail and other services by both domestic and overseas visitors and Bay Area residents. If the competition were to run for three months, this could lead to an additional 2.6 million spectators. While these impacts would be primarily concentrated in San Francisco, nearby counties such as Alameda, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and San Mateo would also benefit from increased visitor and maritime activity.

    The attached report endeavors to provide estimates of the economic impact of an America's Cup match on the San Francisco Bay. Other economists have paved the way by providing estimates of the economic impacts of previous America's Cups, including an analysis of the economic impacts of the 32nd America's Cup of 2007 in Valencia, Spain. Starting with that study as a rough guide, this analysis makes a number of assumptions: that infrastructure cost and spending will be several billion dollars less; that spectator attendance will be considerably larger; that the media's presence will be larger; and that the presence of super yachts will likely be smaller.


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