America’s Cup Practice on the Bay

While we were cruising around the Bay for Memorial Day we came across a strange looking sailboat.  It has a very tall mast and what looks like an airplane wing for a sail.  Instead of one hull it has two and they are connected by a net that the sailors run around on.  Very strange!

The Oracle 45 foot catamaran doing test runs on San Francisco Bay during the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration.

Rumor has it that there are going to be lots and lots of people for the sailboat races and that is good news for the avian squadron.  More people means more tourists and that means more food for the troops!

The ship is right near the area where the races will start and we hope that the bird population will benefit from the crowds.  We are also right near  the funny looking ‘tube ship’ and this may also help out with more tourists and more food.

Editor’s Note: The America’s Cup races are going to be held on San Francisco Bay in September 2013 and the contestants are starting to practice in the Bay in anticipation of the trials   There will be test races starting in August 2012 with the 45 foot long catamarans currently in the Bay.  The boat that Bob saw is part of the USA Oracle Team and the ‘wing’ sail he saw celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The ‘tube ship’ Bob mentions is the World War II submarine Pampanito which is berthed right in front of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. This area will be right in the heart of the America’s Cup race activities.

The SS Jeremiah O’Brien and the Pampanito berthed at Fisherman’s Wharf


The boats used in the final races and trials will be more than 70 feet long and will travel at fantastic speeds due to the revolutionary design of the sails and hulls.  There is quite a bit of construction going on at the waterfront.  Facilities to allow more public access and viewing areas.  One new site is near the SS Jeremiah O’Brien berth at Fisherman’s Wharf.  For more information  and to see the area where the America’s Cup races will be held please visit the ship at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Construction at Fisherman’s Wharf for America’s Cup viewing facilities and public access


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