ALAMEDA -- The city received more than $550,000 in rent from the America's Cup sailing teams based at Alameda Point, and city officials should be ready to build on that success if the race returns to San Francisco Bay, the City Council will hear Tuesday.
Sweden's Artemis Racing team set up at a former aircraft hanger in May last year, while Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge has occupied an adjacent building for the past seven months.
"The presence of the Artemis team in particular has had a ripple effect in the local economy," Debbie Potter, the city's interim community development director, said in a background report for the council. "The Artemis team has contracted with many Alameda businesses for local hotel accommodations, gym facilities, daily catering, custodial services and marine and building supplies."
During the race, about 70 Artemis team members and their families moved to Alameda and rented homes and apartments, which also helped boost the local economy, Potter said.
The city received $399,215 from the Artemis team for the use of the 110,561-square-foot former hanger and access to the shoreline, where the team installed a floating dock and set up a temporary crane for their boats.
Luna Rossa paid $155,000 for the use of a 65,400-square-foot former hangar, city officials said.
Artemis represented the Royal Swedish Yacht Club and Luna Rossa, or "red moon" in Italian, represented the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Yacht Club.
Oracle Team USA triumphed in the contest, beating out Emirates Team New Zealand in a stunning comeback to capture the 162-year-old trophy in September.
On Tuesday, the council will hear from an ad hoc committee it created in June 2011 to identify ways that the city could benefit from the sailing race, such as through strengthening Alameda's reputation as a maritime community and improving its appeal as a tourist destination.
Along with securing the two sailing teams, the committee organized an event with Artemis CEO Paul Cayard at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex that drew 700 people; created the AlamedaWaterfront.com website; and helped launch the Alameda Community Sailing Center, a nonprofit aimed at promoting sailing among families and young people.
Now that the 34th America's Cup is over, the committee is urging the council to take steps to build on what it has accomplished, especially if the race returns to San Francisco Bay.
The decision on where the next race will take place is expected within about six months, Potter said, and the committee hopes to continue meeting so as to be ready in the event that it will be local.
The committee also recommends that city officials send a letter to Oracle Team USA, offering to provide a working waterfront with industrial capacity to support future teams.
Other recommendations include preserving and promoting the Seaplane Lagoon -- the area at Alameda Point where Artemis and Luna Rossa were based -- and to consider supporting or hosting other major sailing events.
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The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.