America’s Cup Park Opening

An afternoon at the America's Cup Park in San Franciso gives a glimpse of this summer's best waterfront hangout.
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Americas Cup Park

Dave Reed
From inside the America’s Cup park entrance, San Francisco’s skyline is a reminder of this awesome city. Dave Reed
On the far end of the pier is public race viewing, in front of the exclusive, but well placed AC72 Club and Oracle hospitality center where VIPs get an early taste of the treatment. Dave Reed
At $11.50 a piece, the New Zealand beer better be good. Dave Reed
Wine flutes in the Napa Valley tents, sporting a roomy lounge, should make for good for toasting some race victories. Dave Reed
Take your pick. I’m sure they’re all good. For consumption and spraying. Dave Reed
For the morning and afternoon jolt, Nespresso, the official coffee of the Cup, can keep the caffeine fix at bay. Dave Reed
For a cheap date, take in a five-minute movie of crash, burn, and speed footage of the AC boats. Dave Reed
Experiene Flying on the Water, a short film that gives a good sense of the speed an insanity of the AC72. Dave Reed
There’s an Exploration Zone, showing some of the technology and the science behind it. This is one area that could use improvement in educating the non-AC public. Dave Reed
A very cool graphic in the Exploration Zone shows flow around the wingsails, from the masthead POV. Dave Reed/sailing World
Ed Worley, a past America’s Cup campaign grunt from 1987 (Eagle Challenge) is a collector of AC memorabilia and a rabid fan of the regatta. Here he scopes out some brochures from regattas past. Dave Reed
Even at model size, the AC72 is incredible. This model has a security guard with a watchful eye. Dave Reed
Wii for adutls. Take on a challenger on the virtual race stand. No umpires on the course. Dave Reed
Virtual Eye’s managing director Sophie Luther shows off the New Zealand ingenuity of the company’s augmented reality app (they’re the developers of the AC app, too.)
There’s Rain Gutter racing for the kids. Not nearly as good as the Sailing World Raingutter Challenge. Dave Reed
The entrance A and some astroturf make a great mid-day lounge chair. Dave Reed
The America’s Cup Park lawn will be the perfect place to watch some racing on the big screen, when the pier end is overmaxed. Dave Reed
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Americas Cup Park

A ticket to the Official Opening Ceremony at the Concert Venue, where teams and cultural performances kicked off the event. Dave Reed
It appears that if you purchase enough goods at the Louis Vuitton store, you get a golf-cart ride out of the Park. Dave Reed
Poster signing. Always a crowd pleaser. ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
From atop the AC Pavillion for the Opening Ceremonies. ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
A little Maori performance stirs the Kiwi fan base. ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
The Defenders put their ware on the pedestal. With a message from skipper Jimmy Spithill to his competitors: “Bring it on, brother.” ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Streamers mark the end of the ceremony and the start of the Fourth of July party. ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
28/06/2013 – San Francisco (USA,CA) – 34th America’s Cup – Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA