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Racing starts on Saturday and Sunday. The boats are sailing on The Big Bay.

November 11, 2011

Racing starts on Saturday and Sunday with the Port Cities Challenge – each day three fleet races are scheduled.

Gilles Martin-Raget

Check out the images of the boats on the bay here.

And daily preview video reports can be found on the America’s Cup YouTube channel here.

Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck’s gives us his take on the favorites in San Diego here.

Aleph has produced a cool promo video – watch it here.


Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

Junior Sailors see America’s Cup at the America’s Cup Village

November 10, 2011

Last night at the Event Village, junior sailors from around San Diego were treated to a “Sneak Peek” preview of the America’s Cup races that will start on Saturday with the Port Cities Challenge.  Cup Spokesman, Tom Ehman gave two talks to standing-room-only crowds full of kids and adults too.  He was joined on stage by former America’s Cup skipper for France Bruno Trouble, current Team Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson, and Ian Burns, technical team coordinator for ORACLE Racing.  Later Iain Murray, head of the America’s Cup Race Management joined the discussion.

Over 150 kids from junior sailing programs all over San Diego attended the talks as well as all the local high school sailing teams from over 8 different high schools. San Diego junior sailing programs have a long tradition of producing National, World and Olympic Champions and many of the top junior sailors in the world sail out of San Diego.  In the crowd last night were current top junior sailors such as Nevin Snow, who has won his division at the last three high school nationals for Cathedral Catholic and won the 2010 Junior High School Single-handed National Championships;  Andrew Cates and Zack Downing, current 29er European Champions; Marly Isler, US Olympic Development team member; Paris Henken, current 29er US Youth Champion.

Live Video Coverage

Can’t Make it to San Diego?

The America’s Cup YouTube channel will be streaming the event live online Nov. 16-20.  Look for the broadcast schedule to begin 30 minutes before racing begins each day. And for the first time, there will be live streaming to iOS mobile devices through the AC YouTube channel.

Streaming live here: http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCup

Also, a recap of the event will be broadcast on the Versus cable channel on November 22 at 5:00 P.M. ET.

For other tips on how to view the races see Where to Watch.











San Diego Port Cities Challenge Nov 12-13

November 9, 2011

November 12-13  San Diego Port Cities Challenge

The first weekend of racing is a preliminary showdown of the AC 45 teams, allowing the competitors to gain a feel for the venue and fine tune their speed.  The racing November 12th and 13th also highlights and features each of the five cities which comprise the Port of San Diego.  Five of the competing teams are aligned with San Diego Port Cities and the winning team at the end of Sunday’s racing will be awarded the Port Cities Challenge Trophy.  It will be up close and personal on Sunday, when the City Mayor will be racing aboard their team’s yacht during the second race.  In addition, there will be entertainment from the Port Cities featured in the America’s Cup Village during the racing Saturday and Sunday, check the daily schedule for details.  The Port Cities Challenge Trophy will be awarded at the conclusion of Sunday’s racing at the winning Teams’ Base Camp.

The Port Cities teams are as follows:

  • Chula Vista:  Marvels of Nature
  • Imperial Beach: Surf & Sand Castles
  • National City:  Where Maritime is on the Move
  • Coronado:  The Enchanted Island
  • San Diego: Downtown San Diego’s Waterfront

Safety Zone for America’s Cup World Series San Diego

On the Water Safety Zone

Safety Zone for the America's Cup World Series San Diego (Click to view larger image)

Attention Mariners!
The upcoming America’s Cup World Series is just around the corner and promises to be an exciting and thrilling event the likes of which San Diego has not seen.  The Safety Zone requirements will limit viewing from the water. The recommendation is for mariners and fans to watch the racing from shore.

“The AC45 Catamarans can reach  speeds of 30 knots and need a lot of room to maneuver safely.” 

Where to Watch America’s Cup World Series

The race courses and management are designed to bring the sailing action up close for all to watch and enjoy from San Diego’s shorelines, or at the exciting America’s Cup Village and Pit Row on Broadway Pier and Navy Pier. Opportunities  for viewing experiences include:

On The Water Viewing Limited
The opportunities for on the water viewing are very limited due to the restrictions planned for safety of the competitors and non-participant vessels.  “These huge boats can reach  speeds of 30 knots and need a lot of room to maneuver .”  There will be an active Safety Zone in force each day of racing.

The Safety Zone will be enforced starting at 1200 and be in place until 1700 each day.
The purpose of the Safety Zone is to ensure a safe event for all mariners and will be enforced by United States Coast Guard, San Diego Harbor Police, America’s Cup Race Management Course Marshalls and other official vessels identified by Course Flags and markings.

Coast Guard to Enforce San Diego Bay Safety Zone for America’s Cup Races


America’s Cup Trophy on Display at Sneak Peek Event – Broadway Pier Nov 9

November 1, 2011

Please come join us at the Sneak Peek Event for the America’s Cup World Series – San Diego

America's CupA preview of the America’s Cup World Series Event Village in San Diego will be open to the public on Wednesday, Nov 9th. Get an insider’s look of the village after 3:30 pm and you’ll also get to see the America’s Cup Trophy.

Unveiling the trophy will be Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of Golden Gate Yacht Club, who will be joined by Iain Murray, Bruno Trouble, and Terry Hutchinson for ‘Cupdates’ at 4:00 pm (youth sailors) and 5:30 pm (open).

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Preview the America’s Cup Village

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Special ACWS Junior Sailor Presentation

5:30 – 6:30 pm
America’s Cup Presentation by Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club

Port Pavilion West End
Broadway Pier     Find Broadway Pier on Google Maps >>


Please feel free to pass this invitation along to your friends and family, no RSVP necessary…

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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