San Francisco’s cool and windswept bay awaits a rainbow fleet of sails, while her waterfront prepares for a crowded and colorful marina full of polo-wearing spectators for the America’s Cup World Series.
Unlike the America’s Cup Finals, which will also be held in San Francisco, the world series is a regular circuit of regattas where teams practice for cup races, and fans get to experience the action firsthand at various locations around the world. The series is divided into two seasons; the 2011-2012 season started in Portugal in June 2011 and culminates in Rhode Island this July. The second season starts in San Francisco from August 21-26, and then returns for Fleet Week from October 4-7. The world series continues in Italy in April and May of 2013, and then the America’s Cup returns to San Francisco for the final races in September!
The race to the final championship is an exciting and dramatic journey, and San Francisco will be the stage for spectacular showdowns both this year and next year. The race course for all the America’s Cup action is also the closest a course has been to the shore in 160 years, providing unprecedented access for spectators! The course spans the city’s waterfront from Crissy Field to the Embarcadero, brushes the Golden Gate Bridge, curves around Alcatraz, and ends at Pier 27/29. Guests staying at the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel will be right in the heart of the action, and on the other side of the bay, the Marin Headlands Hostel will also be a prime base for spectators.
The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the final race between two yachts. The defender yacht, which represents the yacht club that currently holds the America’s Cup, competes against the challenger yacht. The Golden Gate Yacht Club won the cup in 2010, and with it the right to select the location of the next America’s Cup regatta.
This spectacle of skill, speed, and agility is unlike any other sporting event, and seeing the action unfold in San Francisco Bay — against the backdrop of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz and Angel Island — will be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. San Francisco is expected to be full to the brim for these special events so book your stay early!