04 July 2013

Opening of America's Cup Park (video)

Around AC: Sneak preview inside AC Park - YouTubeThe Fourth of July is a time to celebrate America's independence, and on San Francisco's Embarcadero this year it was a day to celebrate the America's Cup. It was opening day at America's Cup Park, at Piers 27/29. The America's Cup Park is open daily and is free to the public. The day's activities started at noon with a ribbon-cutting event at the Park's entrance. The Park is a vibrant landmark on the city's waterfront offering a range of activities throughout the Summer of Racing for San Francisco natives and visitors alike. The Park offers something for the entire family to share in the America's Cup experience with interactive exhibits, a cinema that simulates an onboard racing experiences, live entertainment and race viewing events. A range of food is available throughout the Park offering something for everyone from ice cream to a casual hot dog and cold beer to fine dining. The America's Cup Pavilion, a 9,000-seat stadium located within the Park, was the setting for the Opening Ceremony, a ticketed event that takes place from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The ceremony featured the crews of all four teams entered in the America's Cup -- defender ORACLE TEAM USA and challengers Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge. The day's program included cultural performances and exhibitions from each of the four nations, the United States, Sweden, New Zealand and Italy.

Safety furor threatens to curb America's Cup - San Jose Mercury News: "On the eve of the America's Cup opening ceremonies, the regatta director on Wednesday defended himself against accusations that he is favoring Oracle Team USA with his list of safety recommendations and said he couldn't vouch for the safety of the regatta on the high-tech catamarans if the protests from the New Zealand and Italian teams are successful."

Ted Hood, Sailing Innovator and Champion Yachtsman, Dies at 86 - NYTimes.com: "Ted Hood, a yachtsman, sailmaker, rigging builder and boat designer, not to mention a helmsman who captained Courageous, the 1974 America’s Cup winner, died on Friday in Middletown, R.I. He was 86. . . ."

Sailing - RPT-Union 'fat cat' stands up for working man's America's Cup
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
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Legendary Sailing Yacht Dorade Takes to the Open Ocean for the 2013 ...
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Alameda Community Sailing Center program helps youngsters set sail
San Jose Mercury News
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Sailing - TAKE A LOOK - San Francisco hosts high-tech America's Cup
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Three challengers will compete in July and August to sail against defender Oracle Team USA in the final match races Sept. 7-21. > Union 'fat cat' stands up for working man's America's Cup > Sailing-NZ, Luna Rossa to appeal America's Cup changes.

Sailing roundup
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The two races on Saturday were dominated by Simon Marfleet sailing Iris who got two firsts, both by good margins from Gary Fuller and Geoff Little in the first, with Geoff and Peter Matthews in the second. The wind increased slightly on Sunday and so ...

Sailing's elite line up for America's cup
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International sailing's elite gathers in San Francisco Bay this weekend for the start of qualifying for the 34th America's Cup, the sport's most prestigious race and the oldest sporting trophy in the world. Four teams will battle it out on the water ...

Sailing: Burling, Tuke off the pace at champs
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Water views: Sailing is a way of life around here
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