Those epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island just got a little more interesting. If you’re looking out at the water anytime this week, you’ll likely see dozens of small white sails in the distance. They’re racing in the Laser Master World Championships, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.
The dates for the America’s Cup – you know that little international sailing race that’s going to be completely taking over the piers and the Bay – have been set: Sept. 7, 2013 – Sept 22, 2013 (or even earlier if the winner emerges before the 9th and final round). Before all this, however, is The Louis Vuitton Cup, which determines the challenger and will take place July 13 to Sept. 1, 2013. Wow. That’s a lot of sailing.
That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Last Friday (you remember, NYE?) outgoing mayor Gavin Newsom secured San Francisco as the host of the 2013 America’s Cup, one of the biggest and ritziest sailing competitions in the world. It’ll be the 34th year of the race and it will bring in more than $1 billion to the local economy.
Even though a local team won the greatest sailing event on the globe, it’s still up in the air where the 2013 event will be held. A few weeks ago, an agreement to hold the event in San Francisco seemed to be a done deal. That was, until Mayor Newsom floated a revised plan; which irked some America’s Cup organizers.