This America’s Cup Will Be Different:
That moment of truth for an America’s Cup team has always come months before the start of the first race. In truth, it comes much earlier as the first hires shape the team, but no moment has been more tangible than when the designers stop designing and the builders start building.
The anticipation of when the new boat is revealed is part of America’s Cup lore. While each team starts with the same design guidelines, what their brightest minds create begins the period of assessment that continues until that first race. What people see, or think they see, fuels the intrigue of the America’s Cup.
But when teams reveal their 15-meter America’s Cup Class boats to be sailed in ange…
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Doing the Delta Ditch Run:
The infamous and challenging Delta Ditch Run took place on June 4 with a 149 teams signed up for the 68 mile endeavor.
The event has become a ritual of sorts for many sailors in the San Francisco Bay area, a way to start the summer off with a bang, popping kites at the start between the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Brothers Islands, and then go blasting up the Sacramento River, then San Joaquin River to the finish line at the Stockton Sailing Club.
For the un-initiated, that is way, way east, up the river delta to Interstate 5, surviving barge encounters and nasty “switchbacks” to avoid buoys and mud flats along the way downwind (and up river). Just to complete th…
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