America’s Cup

San Francisco was so fortunate to host the 34th America’s Cup. So, even though I’m not a sailor or a fan of racing, I just had to go, and I’m so happy I did.  I know – this has nothing to do with San Francisco restaurants, but honestly, if you’re in San Francisco during the America’s Cup, you really have to make time to go see the races.  There’s a grandstand for which they charge, but you can easily get there early with a picnic and grab a seat along the Marina Green for the best view in the house.

You enter the racing area from Fort Mason where parking is limited.  There are a ton of food and informational booths to walk through, and the America’s Cup organizers do a wonderful job of posting the history of the America’s Cup in a series of panels.  The announcers are quite loud, so everyone, even a novice, will get a good idea of what’s going on, and there’s plenty.  The day I went was qualifying.  Two 45′ sailboats raced against each other in two laps from outside the Golden Gate Yacht Club, down to Alcatraz, then back toward the Golden Gate Bridge and Yacht Club.

But, just as they get moving through their second lap, a second set of two sailboats start their race, and then the third – normally after the first group is complete.  The boats race two times each.  It starts to get a little confusing when there’s four to six boats out on the water, and you’ll also see plenty of support boats out on the bay.  

Then, of course, there’s a massive audience of boats further north along the race’s boundary.  And, in October, you’ll be accompanied by Navy jet fighters flying overhead celebrating Fleet Week. It’s going to be a blast!!

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