The Maritime Report: The America's Cup Returns

The Maritime Report: The America's Cup Returns

Dave Bloch

It is less than two weeks until the America's Cup World Series returns to San Francisco Bay. Alameda's "home team," Artemis Racing, has been busy out there on Alameda Point getting ready for the October event, but has also been building the AC72 catamarans to be used in the Louis Vuitton Cup next year, and then (if they are successful in winning that regatta) in the America's Cup itself.

This time, the event coincides with our annual Fleet Week extravaganza. Either because of that, or in hopes of picking up better late-afternoon winds, the daily schedules have been moved back. Here is the schedule as currently published on

--TUESDAY OCTOBER 2: Free practice sailing (The boats will be out around the Bay at various times and places, and you can get some good views of them without the crowds.)

--WEDNESDAY 10/3 through SATURDAY 10/6: Racing from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. This is a combination of match racing (two boats racing head to head) and fleet racing (the entire fleet races at once).

--SUNDAY 10/7: The match and fleet racing finals from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Americas Cup Events Authority makes it very clearly that the schedule is SUBJECT TO CHANGE, and they certainly made use of that disclaimer during the August regatta. We will do the best we can here at The Alamedan to keep you updated, but don't fail to check the website before making your final plans! (And remember, this is also Fleet Week. Use the ferries, BART and SF-MUNI to get to Marina Green! Keep in mind that the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is also taking place at Golden Gate Park which will also impact traffic on the weekend.)


As I have written in this space before, the in-person experience (from land or water) is not to be missed, but you will actually see and understand more of what's going on by watching the races by video. Almost every day's racing (in August, Wednesday was an unannounced exception) is streamed live at These feeds were also viewable on Comcast SportsNet, and over local broadcast TV channel 112 and I expect that to happen again, but will keep bugging the ACWS folks for updated information over the next two weeks so I can share it with you here!

Sunday's championship races will again be carried live on NBC-TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, so that will be a great time to get folks together at your home or find a local yacht club having a viewing party. Contact information for all the clubs is at


Submitted by sierradave on Thu, Sep 20, 2012

(A Thursday morning update from Dave:)
AC34 fan and expert Jack Griffin has put together a well-formatted schedule on his excellent Website! Go visit: