It's a gorgeous and mild race day at the America's Cup SF, opening with the dock out show and ORACLE TEAM USA this Monday, Sept. 23, a fine day to win. ORACLE TEAM USA seemed in fine spirits, smiling and relaxed in the sun as the ORACLE families chanted USA USA USA on one side of the stage and the Kiwis chanted New Zealand from the other side, everybody waving their flags. The sailors sauntered briskly to the waiting RIBS, the rigid inflatable boats, taking them to their AC72s. Grinder Shannon Falcone has his wife and baby on board the RIB, check out the slideshow.
Regatta director Iain Murray said at the press briefing in the morning that the course needs wind of at least ten knots for the racers to complete it in forty minutes, which is probably behind the race cancellation based on the southwesterly direction of the wind Saturday. It's 8 to 10 knots this morning and should increase to up to 18 knots by race two if race two is necessary.
Journalists questioned the director about who has right of way when the Big Boat series starts on the Bay Thursday. The Coast Guard will not stop the America's Cup in any event. The whale has disappeared from the bay meanwhile, Murray saying Larry the whale went to Oracle World, the big convention in SF today. That's Larry as in Larry Ellison.
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Racing commences in about 40 minutes, this Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. It's still match point with the Kiwis needing just one win to take the Cup to Auckland.
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Racing resumes Monday, Sept. 23, 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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