It may be a once in a lifetime chance to view one of the world's oldest sports...The America's Cup
begins on July 4th with the Final taking place in September in San Francisco. Pillar Point RV Park is the perfect place to stay to make it easy to see the Cup. Just take Bart in Colma to the Embarcadero and grab the F train to the Pier viewing area. (complete schedule at the end of this article)
The oldest trophy in international sport, the America’s Cup was first contested in 1851 and pre - dates the modern Olympics by 45 years.
The 34th America's Cup is an umbrella term that covers several events : the 2013 America’s Cup Finals, the Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series), the America’s Cup World Series and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.
The 2013 America’s Cup Final is scheduled Sept. 7 - 21, 2013, in San Francisco. The final, also known as the Match, will feature the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, against a challenger that will have won the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Selection Series.
The America’s Cup is said to be the most difficult trophy in sport to win. In
the more than 150 years since that first race off England, only four nations
have won the coveted trophy. For some perspective, consider that there had been
nine contests for the America’s Cup before the first modern Olympic Games were
held in Athens in 1896.
The history of the America’s Cup dates back to the Victorian era of British
history when a syndicate of businessmen from New York sailed the schooner
America across the Atlantic Ocean to represent the U.S. at the World’s Fair in
England. Before the fair the schooner won a race around the Isle of Wight and
with it a trophy called the £100 Cup (it was subsequently inscribed,
incorrectly, as the 100 Guineas Cup).
Some years later the last surviving member of the syndicate, George Schuyler,
deeded the trophy, renamed the America’s Cup in honor of the winning yacht, to
the New York Yacht Club as a perpetual challenge trophy – two crews, a
challenger and a defender, in a one - on - one match over a pre - determined
series of races with the winner awarded the America’s Cup. After winning the
trophy in 1851, the U.S. embarked on what would become the longest winning
streak in the history of sport, a 132 - year streak that saw the U.S.
successfully defend the trophy 24 times from 1870 through 1980 until 1983, when
Australia II became the first successful challenger.
Despite its age, the America’s Cup has always been at the cutting - edge of
technology, from the design and build of th e boats, to communications (one of
the first uses of Marconi’s wireless was to transmit results from the race
course) , to performance - data sunglasses featuring a heads - up display.
Research conducted in the fields of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics and carbon -
fiber construction has gone on to aid many industries, including automotive and
airplane design and construction.
The 2013 America’s Cup continues down that
path, but at breakneck speed. A new class of boat has been designed, a 72 - foot
catamaran powered by a towering, 134 - foot tall wing sail. Dubbed the AC72,
it’s capable of sailing at speeds in excess of 45 knots (51 mph /82 kph ). The
speed potential of the AC72 is up to four times faster than the 80 - foot
monohulls previously used in the competition, as recently as 2007. The physical
challenge the new design places on the crews is immense as they balance the need
for speed against the need for control in an effort to complete the racecourse.
Throughout its history the America’s Cup has attracted the tycoons of business
and industry, flamboyant, outspoken and demanding characters who are often
successful in their career, but rarely successful in the America’s Cup. They’re
attracted to the Cup because of the demands required to win the trophy, but
only four nations have hosted the trophy: the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and
Switzerland. A successful modern - day America’s Cup syndicate is much like a
start - up business. There are sailors, yacht designers, research speci alists
and builders as well as marketing and communications teams and budget experts.
The 34th America’s Cup is also revolutionizing the fans’ viewing experience.
Emmy Award - winning graphics overlaid on live television images aid the
viewer’s comprehension of who is ahead and who is behind, while also clearly
illustrating where the competitors are positioned on the racecourse.
With all these exciting changes, the 34th America’s Cup is definitely a must -
see event. About the America’s Cup One of the most fiercely competitive and
sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in
1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving
the international sailing competition its name. The next Louis Vuitton Cup,
America’s Cup Challenger Series (July - August 2013), leading to the America’s
Cup Finals (September 2013), will be held for the first time in San Francisco
Bay, a natural sailing arena, in AC72 wing sail catamarans.
The associated America’s Cup World Series is a global circuit of events where
the teams race AC45 catamarans for a season championship. ORACLE TEAM USA won
the 2011 - 12 title. The 2012 - 13 season opened with events in San Francisco in
August and October and continues with races in Naples, Italy in the spring of
July 4: Opening Day
July 5: Fleet racing
all Challengers and the Defender
July 7: First day of racing, Louis Vuitton Cup
(America’s Cup Challenger Series)
August 17: First day of racing Louis Vuitton Cup Finals
4: Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
21: America’s Cup Finals