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San Francisco plays host to the 34th America’s Cup in an exciting Summer of Racing on San Francisco Bay. The 2013 America’s Cup Finals are scheduled for September 7-21.
The 34th edition of the America’s Cup marks a transformation for the oldest trophy in international sport as new boats, cutting-edge technology, and a close-to-shore venue mean that this summer’s America’s Cup will be unlike anything that’s preceded it. The 2013 America’s Cup features notable firsts:
- First time racing is inshore not offshore
- First time all teams are racing wing sail catamarans
- First time the AC72 “50 mph flying boats” foil above the water
- First time there is a new pathway series for youth sailors, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
- First time the America’s Cup has been held in the United States since 1995
The competition consists of the best-of 17 series of final races. For a complete schedule of races visit the America's Cup Race Schedule page: http://www.americascup.com/en/schedules/races
After 17 races, Oracle Team USA, twice down by seven wins in the series, rallied to win the finals 9-8 in the longest final series in the Cup's 162-year history.
For more information on the Oracle Team USA win, visit the America's Cup website.
Motorists will not be able to drive on the bridge on both directions during this closure. As a result, motorists should plan to leverage alternatives for getting to San Francisco and for traveling around the Bay Area while the Bay Bridge is closed during Labor Day weekend.
- For more information about the Bay Bridge closure please visit: BayBridgeInfo.org
- For more information about Bay Area Traffic please visit: 511.org
“San Francisco is a model for the nation in welcoming immigrants and empowering new citizens, but we can do even better,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “This initiative will ensure that the 100,000 San Franciscans who are eligible for citizenship can pursue new opportunities and be part of building San Francisco’s economy and civic life from the very beginning.” Read more.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase San Francisco as both a world-class tourist destination and hub for innovation in our country,” said Mayor Lee. “Events like these help unite leaders from around the country to exchange ideas and make our cities even stronger. I would like to thank President Scott Smith, Vice President Kevin Johnson, former President Antonio Villaraigosa and CEO Tom Cochran for their work on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and I look forward to working with Host Committee Chair Mayor Willie Brown to make the Summer of 2015 in San Francisco a great success.” Read more.