San Diego Bay is considered to be one of the best natural bays in North America for sailing; which is why organizers of the America's Cup World Series picked it as one of the destinations on their tour. As one of only two cities in California to host this international-caliber sailing competition, San Diego's harbor will be transformed from November 12 - 20, 2011, into a natural amphitheater filled with state-of-the-art high-speed catamarans. Sailing teams representing 7 nations will complete in high-flying, heart pounding races to determine one champion.
So what makes the San Diego Bay so uniquely suited for sailing and regattas?
A Natural California Haven for Wildlife
In addition to the wonders on and under the water that make the bay so ideal for sailing, there are other attributes that make it an ideal setting for observing natural wonders while sailing. The southern end of the San Diego Bay is shallower, and is home to the largest contiguous mud-flat in Southern California. This area is an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds, supporting numerous endangered and threatened species of plants and animals. So while you're sailing on the San Diego bay, keep your eyes out for an aviary spectacle. You never know when you'll spot an endangered bird that may fly by.