Sailing: Now a Spectator Sport

By: Spritz  |  July 10, 2013  | 

With our office located just across the street from the waterfront, the Spritz team, like the rest of the city, has been buzzing with excitement over the newly underway America’s Cup sailing competition. While we walk to lunch, or gaze out our office windows, we can see the finishing touches being put on the America’s Cup Pavilion, tourists snapping photos of the new dock, and the mast of the ORACLE yacht sailing by above building-tops during practice rounds.

All summer and into the fall, America’s Cup will be dominating the landscape of San Francisco, and of course, the Bay. With the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection trials, begun on July 4 and running through the end of August, and the America’s Cup finals in September, sailing will undoubtedly become a part of daily life and conversation in San Francisco for even the most land-lubbing among us.

While we’re safe on land at our desks, San Francisco Bay is known for its high winds, treacherous currents and deep waters, making it a particularly compelling competition. As the America’s Cup competition goes, 2013 is a landmark year. The shape of the racecourse and the type of boats to be used – dangerously fast AC72s – are all new elements of the competition this year. It’s impossible to have anything but the utmost respect for what these crew members are capable of out on the water.

This is an especially exciting time for us here at Spritz, working with Brad Webb, former Oracle Team USA bowman, and his ACsailingSF venture, chartering the USA 76 out of San Francisco Bay. We’re all so proud that San Francisco is able to host this year’s competition, and being able to watch Oracle Team USA defend the Cup right in our backyard makes this a truly outstanding time to be in the Bay Area.

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