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America's Cup 2013: July 4th Opening Day goes off without a hitch

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Under perfect weather and clear-blue skies, the official first day of the Summer-long 2013 America's Cup went smoothly for the organizers and fans in San Francisco on the Fourth of July holiday. While automobile traffic along the Embarcadero, where the America's Cup Pavilion is located, was heavy - partially due to an ongoing Bay Area Rapid Transit strike - foot-traffic and bicyclists had no problems navigating to and from the various attractions at the America's Cup Pavilion and the AC Village, located at the SF Marina.

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Concerns about the BART strike's effect on the ongoing America's Cup activities, which will continue through late September 2013, were brightened by news that both sides of the dispute have agreed to restart full-schedule BART operations on July 5th for at least 30 days while labor contract negotiations continue.

Even with BART back in action, the best way to get around the various AC venues seems to be by foot or bicycle. Bike racks have been installed at every gate, and new bike lanes have been painted on both sides of the Embarcadero, which runs the length of the San Francisco waterfront, connecting the bases for some America's Cup teams with the Pavilion and Village. At this writing, negotiations for shuttle transport of bicycles to and from the Marina Village portion of the AC venues are still underway.

During the afternoon opening ceremonies, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee welcomed the challenging America's Cup teams, as well as the Cup defender, Oracle Racing.

A full schedule of events can be found at: http://www.americascup.com, http://www.sail-world.com and http://www.cupinfo.com

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