Conversation with Norbert Bajurin

The modest Marinite invites the world to San Francisco Bay.
Gilles Martin-Raget
Norbert Bajurin (far right) celebrates 2010 America's Cup win with (left to right) Golden Gate's Marcus Young|!!| sailors Jimmy Spithill and Russell Coutts|!!| Team Owner Larry Ellison|!!| and sailor John Kostecki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years ago, Larkspur resident Norbert Bajurin began a journey that resulted in the 34th America's Cup coming to San Francisco Bay.  In his role as Commodore, Bajurin was looking for a financial life ring for near destitute Golden Gate Yacht in 2001 when the opportunity of a lifetime sailed in. Billionaire Larry Ellison was in need of a yacht club partner for his bid for the America’s Cup and he wanted a Bay Area one. A flurry of emails and phone calls between Bajurin and Ellison’s team resulted in a long-term partnership that has brought the Cup back to the United States after a 15-year absence, and saved Golden Gate Yacht Club from having to close its doors.

See our complete interview with Norbert Bajurin from our August 2012 issue where he discussed his role in bringing the Cup to San Francisco, the best places to watch this summer's racing and his favorite Marin watering holes.