Americas Cup defender ORACLE TEAM USA held a poster signing at 4:00 on Tuesday, allowing a few team members and some fans to meet face to face even though the race, which ORACLE was leading in, got cancelled due to wind limitations along with the second race. Tuesday was the first day the challenger could have won the Cup as ETNZ only needs two more points to return the Cup to Auckland. ORACLE TEAM USA has been getting stronger and stronger with each day and making crew and design changes, however, keeping everybody guessing.
Fans met Oracle grinders. The friendly and deeply tanned Kiwi Matt Mitchell; Will McCarthy who just celebrated his 41st birthday on September 14 and he's Australian born in 72; plus Kiwi Joe Spooner whose 40th birthday comes up October 31, Spooner born in 1973.
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Fans received free posters to have autographed but also brought jerseys, America's Cup shopping bags and even a pair of baseballs.
Those are my lucky balls
said the owner to the amusement of the team members. He only gave them to ORACLE TEAM USA though, not ETNZ. Many fans line up for each team if not each team member.
Take a look at the slideshow.
ORACLE TEAM USA has a poster signing scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 unless the afternoon activities are pre-empted by an awards ceremony, which takes place an hour after the races end.
Racing resumes Wednesday, September 18 at 1:15.
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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