In this photo provided by the Chicago Yacht Club, yachts in the cup division pass the Chicago skyline at the start of the Race to Mackinac sailboat race across Lake Michigan, Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Chicago Yacht Club, Stephen Almeida/MISTE Photography)
Updated: June 9, 2014 3:39PM
Chicago could become the first freshwater home to the world’s most famous yacht race, according to a BBC report.
Chicago and Lake Michigan are among the finalists — along with San Francisco, San Diego and Bermuda — to host the 2017 event, BBC reported today.
Oracle Team USA, which won the 2013 event in San Francisco, gets to determine the rules and sites for the next match, scheduled for 2017. Oracle Team USA chief executive Russell Coutts told the BBC that a final decision is expected by the end of this year.
The America’s Cup has always been run on a saltwater course during its 163-year history. The America’s Cup Finals would involve Chicago staging the event over a nearly monthlong schedule.