The general public will have the opportunity to see the America’s Cup boats up close along San Francisco’s city front during a fleet parade on Friday, 5 July. San Francisco’s reigning America’s Cup champion, Oracle Team USA, will showcase its AC72 catamaran in the parade.
Challenger teams Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy) are also expected to participate.
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Friday’s AC activities begin off Pier 14, at 11:00 am (US time), with the ceremonial Parade of Boats, led by a fire boat from the San Francisco Fire Department.
For the parade the AC72 race boats (72 feet long, 46 feet beam with a 131 feet high wing mast) will be under tow alongside their tenders, but with racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, scheduled to start on Sunday, 7 July, Friday’s ceremony along the city front provides a great opportunity to get an up-close look at the AC72s.
The America’s Cup crews will then show off the speed potential of the AC72s in time trials beginning at approximately 12:15 pm. Weather conditions permitting, the teams are expected to sail the five-leg America’s Cup course, starting at 10-minute intervals. The course starts off the Golden Gate Yacht Club and finishes off the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29.
Spectators can view the action on the video big screen in the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, or from multiple vantage points along San Francisco Bay, including the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green.
The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, is used as the selection series to determine who will race the Defender (Oracle) in the America’s Cup Finals. The challenger series is due to start Sunday 7 July with a round-robin series, but with the challengers still contesting the last minute rule changes with court action - to be heard in San Francisco on Monday, 8 July - it's not known just who will be taking part and when.
And the header image? Wimbledon is famous for its strawberry’s. Not to be outdone, the America's Cup will showcase the best of Bay Area ingredients, including local legends Cowgirl Creamery, Dirty Girl Produce, Roli Roti and the Bi Rite Creamery and more, to celebrate truly authentic local flavors at the 2013 America’s Cup.
2 July 2013 6:23 GMT