Maybe I’m the only confused person still trying to understand the America’s Cup because I was surprised to learn that it really, really begins this weekend. Yes, it’s been going on for almost a year, but those practices and events were all pointing to this month’s finals between the defender Team USA and challenger New Zealand, which will determine the winner. The first team to nine points (wins) takes home the cup, which means that while the finals are scheduled to run through Sept. 21, it could end earlier than that.
The races are daily at 1:10 p.m. and 2:10 p.m., and generally last 30 minutes apiece.
If you’ve gotten upclose to these catamarans, you know they are impressively humongous. My seven year old son has been in awe each time we’ve seen them, mostly from the side of the road or while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. He can’t wait to follow the race.
There are free spots to watch the races, with the best possibly being at Piers 27/29 for the finish line, with a second being Marina Green for the start. Personally, I favor Crissy Field, which generally has parking available, especially if you arrive early or are patient, and while you can’t see the finish, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy the races with plenty of space for kids to run around.
Ana shared great tips for watching the races last year. The good news is that Fleet Week isn’t until October and won’t be a factor in the crowds for the finals.
Photo courtesy of America’s Cup