Welcome to San Diego Blog | November 6, 2011

America’s Cup World Series

San Diego to host America’s Cup World Series of Sailing November 12-20th 2011.  This is a particularly exciting event because the ACWS is trying to ramp up excitement for this sailing series that culminates with the 2013 America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco.  So what makes this race different?

Americas Cup San Diego

This is a new type of sail racing event.  All eight of the teams are racing a very similar style boat known as the AC45.  The AC45 is a 45 foot long, carbon fiber sailboat with a 65 foot hard rounded hollow wing sail.  This is no ordinary boat – top speeds can reach 40mph and the boat is light and quick.  A boat like this takes a crew of experienced sailors that are serious athletes and are in intense physical condition.

You’ll find no sports coats, caviar or wine bottles on these boats!

Great, these world class sailors will be tearing through the seas, but we won’t be able to see them anyways.  Wrong!!!  The best part of this particular race is that they are attempting to transform the San Diego Bay into a virtual Stadium with a circuit track race.  These stealth boats will be flying by the shores of the Marina and Columbia Districts and will have to maneuver some serious turns.  This will certainly be an action packed race!

The race can be viewed from the fringes of the San Diego bay in various locations downtown and from along Harbor Island.  The The fun doesn’t end at the shoreline as they will feature America’s Cup Village– a family friendly fun zone located on Broadway Pier to Harbor Drive.  America’s Cup Village will feature food, games, live music and simulators that showcase what it would be like to sail the AC45.

Come on down and help celebrate sailing in our beautiful San Diego Bay.


Written by: chad

Categories: Downtown San Diego, San Diego Events

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