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Containers Starting to Arrive

October 19, 2011

The America’s Cup World Series travels the world in containers.

Here are some photos from today’s ACWS offload at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.



























ACWS Container




America’s Cup World Series San Diego, November 12-20, 2011

October 12, 2011

Wing Sails and Multi-hulls are coming back to San Diego, as the fleet of AC 45’s comes to town for the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).  At the time of this writing, the event is 31 days away, but at print time it will be only 7 days until the boats are hitting the water!  We will see a very different America’s Cup experience, with racing held just feet offshore, live inside the Big Bay in front of thousands of spectators.

The AC World Series is sailed in the AC45, the forerunner to the next generation of America’s Cup boats.  Focused on creating more on-the-water excitement for both the teams and the fans, the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran was designed for both speed and close racing.  While capable of closing speeds of over 35 mph, the AC45 remains nimble enough to handle the tight, tactical race courses planned by America’s Cup Race Management.  The new format of the America’s Cup also includes a strong commitment to restoring and preserving the world’s oceans through a partnership with Sailors for the Sea and other organizations at each series stop.

The ACWS event on San Diego Bay has numerous waterfront viewing locations that will allow spectators to see the on-the-water action up close.  In addition to a full race schedule, the event will feature the AC Village at Harbor Drive which encompasses activities on Broadway Pier and the U.S.S. Midway with spectator grandstands, racing broadcast live on screen, ORACLE simulator, “Flying On Water”, interactive displays and family fun, merchandise booths, food and beverage options, and an entertainment schedule (live bands Wed – Sun!).  The AC Village will be open beginning Nov 12 at 10:00 am each day.  Spectators will also be able to see the team bases, walk along “Pit Row”, and view the racing from the end of Broadway Pier, super close to the Start/Finish line!  There will be viewing opportunities on Harbor Island with live commentary.  The Harbor Island venue (open at 11:00 am each day) will also feature food and beverage options and merchandise booths.

The Regatta is tentatively scheduled as follows (subject to change, be sure to check the Sailing Events Association San Diego website, www.sea-sandiego.org, for up to date viewing and regatta information), racing to begin at 1:00 pm each day –

Nov 12, Sat and Nov 13, Sun – Three fleet races per day

Nov 16, Wed – Opening day for the San Diego Match Racing Championship – three seeding fleet races, followed by two Speed Trial runs, where each team hurls their AC45 catamaran down the track in an attempt to log the fastest time over a set distance

Nov 17, Thurs – Match Racing – teams will be paired based on previous day’s results

Nov 18, Fri – Semi Final Day, San Diego Match Race Championship – top four teams move to the Final round

Nov 19, Sat – Finals of San Diego Match Race Championship, best of three

Nov 20, Sun – Super Sunday!  Two Speed Trial races, followed by winner takes all fleet race, competing for the San Diego Fleet Racing Championship

Spectators are urged to watch the action from the shore for the best viewing, please plan on carpooling or public transportation for the easiest way to enjoy the experience.  More information about viewing areas, entertainment venues, parking, and public transportation is available on the Sailing Events Association San Diego (the host organization for the inaugural ACWS in San Diego) website, www.sea-sandiego.org


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