Oct 11, 2012, 12:17 PM
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From Andrew Rist:
Re: [The Publisher] America's Cup World Series
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We were there for the October 2012 edition of the AC World Series. I was on the point near the wave organ - ground zero - with my 11 year old son. We were also there in Aug., that time including my 9 year old daughter. There were a ton of people but it spreads out pretty quick. It's totally manageable, and pretty easy to get a front row seat.
-- It's all very cool - whether sharing the bay with the 45s (and now the 72s), or watching sailing royalty have to short tack the city front in a flood, it doesn't suck being a sailor in SF these days
-- The fleet week box did suck - Aug. was far better with the boats coming 100 ft from shore. You could hear the chatter on the boats. The exclusion zone for fleet week is set further from shore, and the ACWS didn't have control over that. It meant that the boats were off in the distance, and there was a spectator fleet in between. We boooed a ferry that tried to catch the fleet race final (and block everyone's view), and I heard there was similar booing of the spectator fleet on Saturday.
-- It's exciting for non-sailors - whether it was my 9 year old daughter cheering for the finishing boats as they lifted a hull up in salute at the finish (in August) or civilians on the point, there to watch the air show, who thought the cats were pretty cool and were impressed by how fast they moved around the bay.
-- There were tons of people there - I couldn't help but run into friends from sailing community, and with fleet week it was just amazing how many people were out there.
-- Anyone with a VHF radio in the crowd is a star. They play the commentary over VHF, and that add a lot to the experience. People would crowd around to hear. Whether it's hearing the countdown to the start, knowing who copped a penalty, or just hearing the time diffs around the marks, that really helps you follow the race.
-- It's incredibly approachable - Before the awards ceremony on Sunday, we went up to the autograph tables, and got autographs from Phil Robertson, Paul Cayard, Peter Burling, plus Iker and Xabi. We just missed Loïck Peyron and Terry Hutchinson. There's a bunch of medals, world titles, and laps of the globe in that group. They were all incredibly gracious.
We had a great time, and everyone we ran into seemed to feel the same. I just can't wait for the 72s...