The America's Cup San Francisco teeters on the verge of a victory for the second day in a row as the challenger Emirates Team New Zealand wins race one only to see the second race postponed again because of wind limits, until Thursday September 19 at 1:15, the race likely to mean the Cup returns to Auckland. ORACLE TEAM USA's skipper Spithill remains steadfast in his belief in his team and the ability to make a comeback.
Indeed, Ainslee heard the postponement call thirty seconds before crossing the start line. He commented at the press conference that the team was well into the starting sequence and he wanted to hear the call a few times to make sure he wasn't hearing things. Photographers at Club 72 on this special day watched the screen and wondered aloud in confusion, isn't the race postponed? Are they still racing?
This America's Cup has indeed been fraught with surprises that keep the historic race unpredictable day to day, as much as the daily learning curve. Boat designers meanwhile explained diplomatically why the wind limits remain in place. Some photographers watched the simulcast from Club 72 with regatta director Iain Murray on the water with the race committee, watching the final wind measurement then making the cut sign to the cameraman, moving his finger like a blade across his neck. Just shoot me, I would say. Everybody is feeling the stress and frustration yet they stay with it, a sort of labor of love.
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The pavillion is for families from baby to Grandma
Regardless of wind postponements, the fans enjoy a beautiful day in the sun with great video on the large screens, an array of really fun outdoor bars done upscale like the Moa Bar and Flute, and everybody has a great time looking at the mega yachts and watching the Bay flow by along with streams of international visitors. It's a relaxed and happy, family friendly place with babies in strollers to Grandmas in wheelchairs. Great pix in the slideshow.
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Spithill and Ainslee dogged and steadfast; help diversify and broaden sailing world
Meanwhile. It's truly inspirational to see Spithill and Ainslee stick to it with English bulldog determination. Spithill at the press conference did articulate how this historic Cup, the purpose of which has been to broaden and diversify the audience and sailing world, has succeeded. If the Cup were to broaden and diversify anywhere in the world, America is the one and only place to do it with the vast population and the multitude of cultures, particularly in California and in San Francisco. Tactically, that was genius and a great egalitarian choice for a changing world and the digital age.
One can even watch the race on one's cell phone. ETNZ grinder made a funny allusion to that when he signed my poster with "Hydro Hydro Hydro". He said, oh you heard that? You must have bought the app. ;)
As far as the bit about the City of San Francisco being six million in debt, one must look at the big picture.
Moreover six million is nothing to Larry Ellison. Ellison could give that six million to the City.
Ellison actually was a regular person back in the day, learning to sail at a tiny club with a shack and little boatyard at the Berkeley marina called Cal Sailing. He was there in the 1970s and the club is still aware of Ellison being a claim to fame. It's all volunteer and members are expected to give back by teaching and volunteering.
The sales are on
The leftover America's Cup sailing wear should go to such a non-profit or other organization for at-risk or underprivileged youth and Ellison can take the tax write-off. The closing sales are on at the shops meanwhile. I'm not saying the Louis Vuitton and Prada pop ups are now bargain basements however.
The best day to shop is probably after the races end.
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Party on, San Francisco. Halloween and Thanksgiving aren't far behind.
For more information: www.AmericasCup.com
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The America’s Cup pavillion is along the Embarcadero before Fisherman's Wharf and is an easy walk, pedicab ride, bike ride or Muni ride from the ferry building and Embarcadero BART. The village and grandstands are at Marina Green.
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