America's Cup San Francisco hosted an interview Tuesday with Bill Koch, engineer, businessman and billionaire yachtsman who hired the first and only women's crew in America's Cup history, with Annie Gardner surprising Koch in the media center after the interview. Larry Keating of New Zealand's Maritime Productions interviewed Bill Koch quietly in the conference room at the media center on a non-race day.
Gardner, a newscaster in San Diego and engaged, introduced Koch to her fiance' and also to a second crew member, a four-time gold medal winner. Gardner and Koch spoke to each other fondly, Gardner almost like a daughter to the towering yet gentle and personable yachtsman. Koch, in his eighties, stands about 6'4" with locks of tussled white and blond hair. He speaks in a calm and clear tone, with wisdom, like a story teller.
For more information about the America's Cup: www.AmericasCup.com
Racing resumes on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:15.
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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