America's Cup San Francisco has become the longest cup in history but it's historic for the dramatic plot twists as well and fans love meeting the heroic sailors face to face at the daily poster signings. Here are Emirates Team New Zealand grinders Tony Rae and Grant Loretz grinding away with the Sharpie for lines of happy fans over the past week.
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Fans of all nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages share an interest in seeing the Kiwis face to face in this rare opportunity. The point of this San Francisco Cup has been after all, to broaden and diversity the sailing world and there's no better place in the world for that. There's also nothing like meeting these superb athletes in person and seeing how nice they are, how family friendly and what perfect condition they are in.
The lovely Doris Tewes of San Francisco said she was thrilled to get a special gift for her 44 year old niece Anke in Germany. She displays the signed poster in the slideshow. Ms. Tewes says she enjoyed being part of the event tremendously and attended more than once.
Come by and say hello, poster signings and free posters happen daily at 4:00 to 4:30 with ETNZ. The signings are full of surprises with fans asking for autographs on anything from iPhones to socks with feet still in them.
Racing resumes Tuesday, September 24, 2013 with two races scheduled, starting at 1:15 and if necessary at 2:15.
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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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