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Want change? then Welcome the America's Cup to San Francisco.
The 34th America's Cup is coming to San Francisco, and up to 10 million people are expected for the races. It is expected that San Francisco will see at least 5 billion in revenue. This event brings the America's Cup back to America.
Want change? then welcome the America's Cup races to San Francisco.
This America's Cup will much different then the rest of them because:
New elements include:
* Groundbreaking new boats – the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans – capable of close to 40 knots to enable
unparalleled racing competition and on-the-water excitement
* New course formats to create tight, tactical racing that showcases the speed of the boats and the skill of the sailors
* Enhanced online broadcasting to deliver a personalized viewer experience
* New broadcast formats including magazine programs, reality formats and racing packaged for live television
* A comprehensive sustainability program focused on the world’s oceans
* New race formats in new race venues through the America’s Cup World Series
* A clear path for young athletes through the Youth America’s Cup
Also it will greatly expand access to the race by the viewer, because it is being held in the San Francisco Bay instead of an Ocean. City officials say "Plans call for Piers 30/32 for the team bases, the public Race Village to be staged at Piers 27/29, regatta operations on Pier 23, and the media center at Pier 19."
"About the America’s Cup:
Nearly 160 years old, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. Initially a one on- one competition between teams representing foreign yacht clubs, the America’s Cup has evolved into one of the world’s leading sporting competitions – featuring the best sailors on the world’s fastest boats – the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The 34th America’s Cup Finals will be held in late 2013 in San Francisco, with the new America’s Cup World Series beginning in 2011. For more information, visit http://www.americascup.com
The fact that this event is being held is a dream come true for many, including this photog, but will politics and or people find ways to disrupt it and make it difficult to see and experience the races? Lets hope not. Because I gotta say this: My dreams matter and count, and I hope left wingers, centrists and right wingers come together and make this event one of the most memorable and accessible. I say that because the Olympic Torch relay disruption disrupted many dreams.
This event will put on display, the beauty of San Francisco, and it's valued and unique diversity, and will show the world that SF is a World Class City with World Class Citizens.
This America's Cup will bring new course formats and changes. Millions of spectators will get to see it up close.