No doubt if you’ve been down to the Marina Green or Chrissy Field this summer you’ve seen the giant 72-ft catamarans sailing along at 40+ mph in San Francisco Bay – they’re hard to miss. Excitement is growing now that the America’s Cup Finals are here. If you’re interested in watching the races, mark your calendars for September 7-23, 2013 (race days subject to change; see schedules below). This is a once-in-a-lifetime event – it’s speculated that the massive catamarans competing in this years AC race will not be competing in future races. So if you want to see them, this is the time to do it!
What could be more exciting than taking a Luxury San Francisco Bay Cruise with America’s Cup Viewing during this summer’s America’s Cup races on San Francisco Bay.
Luxury yacht departs from Pier 3 on the Embarcadero. Cruise around the America’s Cup race course and past San Francisco’s scenic waterfront and famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz (the world’s most notorious prison) , AT&T Park (home to SF Giants), and Treasure Island. Sailing on San Francisco Bay is special any time, but even more so this summer during the America’s Cup Races – taking place through July, August and September 2013.
The America’s Cup (AC) is the third biggest world sporting event behind the Olympics and the World Cup. The world’s premier regatta is held every 3-5 years. America’s Cup got its name from the schooner “The America” which was launched from New York on May 3, 1851. She sailed to England, participated in a race around the Isle of Wight, beating the British fleet and winning Queen Victoria’s 100 Guineas Cup (an award commemorating the Queen’s Jubilee year). It was dubbed “America’s Cup” in the press — and the rest is history!
On February 14, 2010, Larry Ellison and the BMW Oracle Racing Team (of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club) sailed to victory, winning the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain. BMW Oracle Racing become the first American team to win the America’s Cup since 1992 when America3 defeated Il Moro de Venezia off San Diego. As the winner, Larry chose San Francisco to host the next America’s Cup in 2013 – the city beat out Newport, Rhode Island and Italy to host the prestigious event.
See more info (and pictures) below on the 34th America’s Cup events (2012-2013 schedules), America’s Cup Village and Spectator Viewing: