America's Cup racers with the Kiwis still needing just one race while the USA needs six points to win, headed onto the course today with the knowledge that a whale swam into the Bay this morning. They spout every seven minutes says Yachtsman magazine's Mark Reid, who featured Humphrey in 1986 and then the other whale sightings in the April issue of this year. It's a bit early for the migration and normally one sees the whales migrating at the Farallon Islands just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. The helicopters with television cameras should be able to spot the spouting if the whale is still in the Bay at race time.
Meanwhile ORACLE TEAM USA fans have come out to wave flags in the sun while the Kiwis are ever-present but a Maori has shown up complete with the facial tattoo that traditionally tells the story of his ancestry.
The children are out too.
Here's a slideshow with some pix of ETNZ doing a fly by of the pavillion back deck. The foredeck sailor was hoisted to the top of the jib on the forestay, to adjust the jib.
Race time is happening. It's match point.
Racing resumes Sunday, September 22, 2013 with two races scheduled, starting at 1:15.
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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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