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America’s Cup Invades San Francisco


Larry Ellison likes winning. His America’s Cup syndicate dramatically changed the size and speed of sailboat racing on the world stage and sold San Francisco’s politicians to co-host world-class racing. The breezy bay has already witnessed the drama of the multi-hulled boats skimming across the water at 40-knot-plus speeds.


The week beginning August 21, and October 4-7, things really get interesting with the World Series boats in competition. The excitement continues through the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series, Red Bull Y outh America’s Cup, and America’s Cup Match Finals from July 4 through September 22, 2013.


Six of San Francisco’s finger piers, between the iconic Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf, are in major reconstruction for the America’s Cup effort. Piers 27/29 will become America’s Cup Village for the public, while piers 30/32 will be team bases for the big event. Further north, the Marina Green and the host Golden Gate Yacht Club and its larger neighbor, the St Francis Yacht Club, are the best viewing venues from land.


Various water viewing opportunities will be available from the east side of the regulated racing area, from tour boats operated by Red & White and Blue & Gold fleets to Hornblower cruises. (www.americascup.com)     BRIAN DOUGLAS


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