America's Cup Comes to SAN FRAN!Posted by Peter Narodny on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 10:31am.
Sailing fanatics around the Bay are anxiously anticipating the 2013 America’s Cup World Series in San Francisco. The race kicks off this summer with the opening event on Augst 21-26th. The AC Village will be at the Marina Green, with FREE admission to the main public area. The main event and those leading up to it will involve at least 43 days of racing involving some of the fastest sailboats ever raced. Racing to determine the challenger for the America's Cup will begin on July 13, 2013, on San Francisco Bay. The America's Cup finals on the bay between the challenger and defender will start on Sept. 7, 2013. Download a pdf schedule here. America's Cup racing will take place in the main "amphitheater" of the central San Francisco Bay in full view of the San Francisco waterfront, Marin, Angel Island, Alcatraz and Treasure Island. The America’s Cup promises an upgrade of part of San Francisco’s waterfront, including revamping pier 27/29 on the northern waterfront and upgrading piers 30-32 just south of the Bay Bridge for team bases. Organizers have created specifications for a 72-foot catamaran with a solid wing mainsail that should be capable of reaching speeds around 40 knots -- more than 45 mph.See more details on the boats here. The America's Cup comes to San Francisco after it was won by a racing group owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, representing San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club. The America's Cup was awarded to the yacht America, winner of a race around the British island of Cowes in 1851. Since 1887, the Cup has been contested under terms set forth in a deed of gift between George L. Schuyler and the New York Yacht Club.The lead challenger, the yacht club representing interests of all potential challengers for the 34th America's Cup contest, is Club Nautico di Roma. It should be quite the exciting event with plenty of time to get involved!
Click here for volunteer options during the races
Click here for a calendar of events, requirements and deadlines associated with the 34th America's Cup
Click here for the full, four-page Coast Guard proposal for racing areas for 2012 and 2013 racing areas.
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