Please select your home edition
Edition
Suntouched 2016 Sandiline Hikers

San Francisco approves Americas Cup Race for September 2013

by 34th America’s Cup media on 28 Mar 2012 7-22 September 2013
ORACLE Racing back on the San Francisco Bay © Guilain Grenier / ORACLE Racing

Fastest boats, greatest sailors in San Francisco for most sought after trophy in sports

It’s full speed ahead for the 2013 America’s Cup race in San Francisco. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved the agreement to host the America’s Cup in San Francisco September 7 to 22, 2013.

One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup, was first raced in 1851 around the Isle of Wight, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name.

At the first race, Queen Victoria, who was watching at the finish line, asked who was second to America. The famous answer, "Your Majesty, there is no second."

The 2013 race will be the first time the competition for the "Auld Mug" will be held in San Francisco, a perfect natural sailing arena where more than one million spectators will see the 34th edition of the America’s Cup.

The San Francisco agreement calls for teams to be based at Piers 30/32 and for the America’s Cup Village – the public Race Headquarters – at Piers 27/29. The pier improvements will be funded by the Port.

“We have worked very hard to bring this historic race to San Francisco and we’re very happy to have finally reached an agreement,” said Stephen Barclay, interim CEO of the America’s Cup. “Now we are focused on making this the most spectacular race in America’s Cup history.”

“We are thrilled that, in addition to the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup racing in 2013, that the America’s Cup World Series will also take place in San Francisco in 2012,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “This will add even more visitors, jobs and economic development as part of hosting one of the world’s premier sporting events.”

The inclusion of Piers 30/32 as the “pit row” for the teams in close proximity to the America’s Cup Village at Piers 27/29 will make the event’s footprint more compact and will benefit the teams as well as the general public. Racing will be visible from the shoreline – only minutes from downtown shopping and hotels, making this the most spectator-friendly event in the Cup’s 162-year history.

The dates for this year’s (2012) racing for the America’s Cup World Series, the global circuit of events leading up to the 2013 America’s Cup regatta in San Francisco, were also confirmed today:

  • AC World Series Naples, Italy – April 11-15, 2012
  • AC World Series Venice, Italy – May 15-20, 2012
  • AC World Series Newport, USA – June 26 – July 1, 2012
  • AC World Series San Francisco, USA – August 21-26, 2012
  • AC World Series San Francisco, USA – October 4-7, 2012

Each event will be a combination of practice and championship racing, with additional practice sailing on-site ahead of each event.

Racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, will take place in July and August, 2013. The America’s Cup Match (finals), pitting the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup against defending champion ORACLE Racing – Team USA, commences Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 and is a first to win five-race series.

America’s Cup racing in 2012 and 2013 will be televised internationally, and for the first time in more than 20 years it will be broadcast free-to-air in the U.S. by the NBC network. It will also be broadcast internationally through our family of media partners, and will be streamed to the web on www.youtube.com/americascup

This unprecedented broadcast coverage is a reflection of the exciting venue, the technologically-advanced yachts, the Emmy-nominated fan-friendly advances in the television production, and the sheer physical and tactical challenge presented to the world’s best sailors by the yachts, format and venue.

Before the end of 2013 the America’s Cup is expected to have generated more than $1 billion in economic benefits for San Francisco, and create several thousand jobs.

Major sponsors include some of the world’s top brands: Louis Vuitton, PUMA, Prada, Emirates Airline, TAG Heuer, and Oracle.

About the 34th America’s Cup, San Francisco 2013

The racing will be held in San Francisco Bay between the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, up and down the City front. The Bay – a natural sailing arena – produces spectacular racing conditions with reliably strong winds, putting shoreside spectators at the heart of the action. Teams will race technologically-advanced 72-foot catamarans with 13-story wing-sails that will propel the yachts at upwards to 50 miles per hour.

Leading up to the 2013 America's Cup, the America’s Cup World Series is a series of events, bringing America’s Cup style racing to top venues around the world. In 2012 the America’s Cup World Series will feature five events: Naples (April 11-15), Venice (May 15-20), Newport, RI (June 26 – July 1), and two in San Francisco (August 21-26 and October 4-7).

The America’s Cup World Series provides the teams and their sailors an opportunity to prepare for the America’s Cup Challenger Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup that will be held in San Francisco during July and August of 2013, and which will determine the sole challenger in the America’s Cup Match (finals) against ORACLE Racing – Team USA, the defending America’s Cup champion. The final Match will be held in San Francisco September 7-22, 2013.

Related Articles

This is the year of the America's Cup
All set for the oldest trophy in international sport 2017 is the year that the 35th America's Cup will be decided, and only one team can take home the oldest trophy in international sport. Will it be defenders ORACLE TEAM USA again? Or one of the five worthy challengers? Only time will tell. Posted on 2 Jan
From AC45F to AC45S to ACC
Jimmy Spithill explains the progression ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill explains the progression from the AC45F raced in the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series to the America's Cup Class boats we will see the teams launching early in 2017. Posted on 31 Dec 2016
35th America's Cup Schedule Announced
Almost five weeks of world class sailing action The full event schedule for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017 has been confirmed, outlining the calendar of almost five weeks of world class sailing action which lies ahead in the beautiful waters of Bermuda Posted on 18 Oct 2016
35th America's Cup Sustainability Charter
Collective environmental responsibility The America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) and the six America's Cup teams – ORACLE TEAM USA, Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France – have announced a Sustainability Charter. Posted on 3 Oct 2016
SoftBank Team Japan cracks the foiling tack
While training with their AC45 Sport test boat SoftBank Team Japan announced today that they cracked the foiling tack earlier this year while training with their AC45 Sport test boat in Bermuda. Posted on 25 Aug 2016
Groupama Team France lifts the veil
On its Test AC Class boat The Test AC Class (13.45m) unveiled in Lorient, Brittany, on Monday 11 July 2016 and christened by the four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost, is a genuine 'laboratory' boat. Posted on 16 Jul 2016
America's Cup Superyacht Regatta
To take place in Bermuda in June 2017 Boat International Media, the America's Cup Event Authority and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club confirmed today the hosting of the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta during the 35th America's Cup in June 2017 in Bermuda. Posted on 4 Jul 2016
Artemis Racing: Road to Bermuda Episode 3
A behind the scenes insight on the team An exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup. Follow Artemis Racing over 11 episodes in 2016 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport. Posted on 5 Jun 2016
SoftBank Team Japan Bermuda base
Officially opened on Saturday SoftBank Team Japan, together with a crowd of over 500 dignitaries, friends, and family members, celebrated the completion of the team's new Bermuda base on Saturday, May 14 with a traditional "roof wetting ceremony" performed by Premier Michael Dunkley. Posted on 18 May 2016
A replenished, cosmopolitan sports team
Groupama Team France set for Oman Competing in an event like the America's Cup is a human adventure that is indissociable from technical and sporting commitment. Posted on 16 Feb 2016