Countdown to Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco

The America’s Cup Challenger Series begins in San Francisco on July 7. Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 26, 2013—The summer of sailing in San Francisco kicks off in a matter of days, and will keep sailors and spectators busy through September.

Amidst construction at America’s Cup Park. (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

Amidst construction at America’s Cup Park. (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

An opening ceremony on July 4 will mark the debut of America’s Cup Park at Piers 27/29 on the San Francisco waterfront, and is the start of the competition for the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. Entrance to the Park is free, where interactive exhibits feature the science and history of the America’s Cup, a Flying on Water cinema allows visitors to experience the sensation of racing on a spectacular AC 72 catamaran, and a Kids Area includes sail hoists and other hands-on activities.

The opening ceremony at the America’s Cup Pavilion is a ticketed event for which there are still a few seats available. Members of the four competing teams will be on stage, along with entertainment from the competing nations of Italy (Luna Rossa Challenge), Emirates Team New Zealand, Sweden (Artemis Racing) and Oracle Team USA.

Artemis Racing training in June on San Francisco Bay. (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

Artemis Racing training in June on San Francisco Bay. (Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget)

Racing begins on July 7 in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, with the three challengers vying for the right to race the defender, Oracle Team USA, in the America’s Cup Finals in September. This is the first time America’s Cup racing has ever been held in San Francisco and the first time the competition has returned to the United States since 1995.

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While all four teams are comprised of some of the world’s best sailors, the Louis Vuitton Cup’s three challenger teams will be at the forefront until September. Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge, the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup winner, places its leadership hopes in Skipper Massimiliano Sirena, Afterguard Francesco Bruni, and Helmsman Chris Draper. Skipper Dean Barker, Tactician Ray Davies, and Trimmer Glenn Ashby lead the challenge for Emirates Team New Zealand, twice winner of the America’s Cup (1995, 2000). Sweden’s Artemis Racing, who tragically lost team member Andrew Simpson in May, roars back with Skipper Iain Percy, and helmsmen Nathan Outteridge and Loïck Peyron.

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.

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Jill K. Robinson

An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

Always eager to take a leap into the unknown and experience new things, Jill shares adventure sport and travel highlights—even when the adventure isn’t adrenaline pumping or bone crushing. Adventure is sometimes only a state of mind.

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