The Maritime Report: Special Event Tonight!

The Maritime Report: Special Event Tonight!

Dave Bloch

Our big Artemis Racing event, sponsored and organized by the City of Alameda and its America's Cup Citizen's Advisory Committee - of which I am a member - takes place tonight at the Alameda Theatre. The event's free tickets are SOLD OUT, so it should be an exciting early evening. A Q&A with the Artemis team members, along with unique videos and a free raffle, are all on the agenda for tonight's program. Watch The Alamedan for a story and video on Friday and this blog next week for a report!

AMERICA'S CUP TAKES OVER THE SHIP TERMINAL

Things are definitely picking up speed as the Bay Area moves toward the America's Cup. On any given day you might see one or more of the big 72-foot catamarans out on the Bay, or the smaller 45-footers being driven by the youth AC sailors. Use of the new San Francisco Cruise Ship Terminal was passed to the America's Cup Events Authority (ACEA) this week in a ceremony featuring Mayor Ed Lee; the facility will be filled with activity during the races and then turned back to the Port Authority for conversion into the terminal. (In the public meetings I attended a couple of years ago, the port folks were aching to have the America's Cup happen in SF, if only to get the pier 27-29 upgraded and this terminal built! The money was never going to be there otherwise.)

Coming to those piers this spring is a string of concerts in the "America's Cup Pavilion," the big outdoor amphitheater. The "Imagine Dragons Night Visions Tour" comes May 31; then Sting on June 2 and Train on August 11. Info on these is at http://www.americascup.com/en/concert-series. There is a button on that page to join "The Crew" and get advance notice of these events, along with pre-public Internet sale of tickets. If you are interested in these shows, or any AC events, I highly recommend you join The Crew!

RED BULL YOUTH AMERICA'S CUP

There has been a lot of excitement generated over the youth regatta, with some local sailors looking forward to these races even more than the big boats. Unlike the AC itself, these 12 "national teams" really do have crews from the country they're racing for. The first "Selection Series" races were held over the last two weeks, with the five winning teams from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland continuing on. This Labor Day weekend, they will compete against five teams that are being sponsored (and got a "free pass" through the selection process) by the existing America's Cup teams.

According to AmericasCup.com, "Race results made up 60 percent of the selection criteria. Teams were also evaluated on professionalism on and off the water, as well as on the training programs they have set up to develop their skills further between now and September."

Here are the Selection Series Teams advancing to Red Bull Youth Americas Cup that will be racing in September:

Australia - Objective Australia
Germany - STG/NRV Youth Team
New Zealand - Full Metal Jacket Racing
Portugal - ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
Switzerland - Team TILT

Youth crews supported by America's Cup World Series Teams:

France - Energy Team/Name TBA
New Zealand - Emirates Team New Zealand/Name TBA
Sweden - Artemis Racing/Swedish Youth Challenge
USA - ORACLE TEAM USA/American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
USA - ORACLE TEAM USA/USA45 Racing (USA)