History of America's Cup Harbor
Many years ago, the small cove in the southern lee side of San Diego’s Shelter Island was known as the Commercial Basin. Much of San Diego’s famous commercial and sport-fishing fleet was moored there.
In 1994, Commercial Basin was re-named America’s Cup Harbor in anticipation of the 1995 America’s Cup races which were to be held in San Diego. The name was also chosen because it would be the designated location for the mooring of the racing vessels participating in the event.
The 1995 America’s Cup race was bitter sweet for San Diego. San Diego’s Team Dennis Conner (The winner of the 1995 Citizen Cup) on the yacht Young America (USA-36), battled against Team New Zealand on the yacht Black Magic (NZL-32), and New Zealand won five straight races to take the cup away from the U.S. for only the second time in 144 years.
Today, America’s Cup Harbor is still home to much of San Diego’s remaining sport-fishing fleet and of course, the Sun Harbor Marina.
Sun Harbor Marina's Environmental Stewardship
Dating back to 1933, the Sun Harbor marina has enjoyed a long history in the harbor and has a reputation as one of the earliest and most established marinas in San Diego.
After a complete overhaul in 2005, Sun Harbor received recognition on both a national and international level as the world’s first LEED certified marina. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Becoming a LEED facility presented many challenges. We were pioneers working under a new standard. Many building materials were not readily available.
At times it was frustrating, but it was a critical mission to re-build with the environment in mind, taking all steps possible to make a clean environment from the property and the water being used as part of the business.
Clean and Green Marina, the What and Why
The organization stresses environmental and best management practices that exceed regulatory requirements.
A typical Clean Marinas program will have components that cover marina siting and design considerations, marina management, emergency planning, petroleum control, sewage and gray water, waste containment and disposal, storm water
management, habitat and species protection as well as boater education.
The voluntary, non-regulatory nature of the program encourages participation and cooperation between marinas, the boating public and the regulatory agencies. Without the Clean Marinas Program, states would be forced to further regulate the marinas.
Meet Our Team
Lisa Rustin – Marina Manager
Sean Peterson – Dockmaster