Sunday, August 04, 2013

Landmark in the City - America's Cup Village

America's Cup - Welcome Sign
Ever heard of America's Cup? It is a world yacht sailing competition  and San Francisco is hosting it this year. Mijo and I decided to cross town and checked out one of the three venues of this event. 

Aside from learning the concept of America's Cup, I was once again reminded of how breath takingly beautiful is the San Francisco Bay.

Mijo and I went to the America's Cup Village at Marina Green to check out what has been constructed there as one of the viewing areas of the event. For me, this is also to learn what this race is really about. The photo below is a display of winners from 2000 through 2010.

America's Cup - Roll of Champions

I learned that the America's Cup, or the finals, is a race of two competing yatch clubs - the defender or last cup's winner The Oracle USA and the challenger. The challenger yacht will be determined from July 4 through August 30 through a series of races or what they call the Louis Vuitton Cup.

America's Cup - Marina Green

The bleacher seats, concessions and shops are set up in the Marina Green. The start line and race course can also be viewed from here.

America's Cup - Booths

AC72 is the design of the catamaran to be used in this year's race. I saw two yatchs practicing today and they looked really fast out in the water.

America's Cup - AC72

The Emirates Team New Zealand is seen practicing in the photo below. The yacht was super fast and was cruising on the water and high winds. I actually enjoyed seeing it and with the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay as its background. The fog started rolling in at this time of the day. Stunning scenery!

America's Cup - Practice sail

Here's another shot of the Emirates Team New Zealand but with Alcatraz as the back drop. How pretty is that!

America's Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand

Once again, I was reminded of how stunning the San Francisco Bay surrounded by such iconic landmarks like the Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

I'll try to check out another venue called the America's Cup Park in Piers 27 and 29 this week. Stay tuned.


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