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Italian Sailing Team Makes Alameda Home for America's Cup

Monday, Mar 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:54 PM PDT
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The Italian sailing team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 will be based in Alameda as it competes on San Francisco Bay for the 34th America's Cup this summer.

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The Italian sailing team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 will be based in Alameda as it competes on San Francisco Bay for the 34th America's Cup this summer, the second team to be based in the city, officials announced Monday.

Luna Rossa, which represents the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Yacht Club, will join Sweden's Artemis Racing at Alameda Point, or the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

Luna Rossa, which means "red moon" in Italian, will lease a 65,400-square-foot former aircraft hangar for the next seven months, city officials said.

The announcement that Luna Rossa would set up in Alameda comes just a day before the City Council will consider renewing the lease for Artemis Racing for up to one year at 1050 West Tower Ave.

Along with providing a 110,561-square-foot former hangar, the lease will allow the
Swedish team to use 22,604 square feet of former aircraft taxiway and portions of the Seaplane Lagoon at the former military base. The city has already entered into an agreement with the Navy for access to the lagoon.

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