ACsailingSF is the newest attraction on San Francisco’s famous water front and a collaboration between businessman Troy Sears, and America’s Cup veteran and entrepreneur, Brad Webb.
After eight years of hosting the event, the America’s Cup left San Diego in 1995, and very little legacy remained. Troy felt that needed to be rekindled, so in 2003 he obtained two IACC yachts, and then added the yacht “America” to the fleet in 2006. Troy continues to run a successful yacht charter business in San Diego.
Brad has been professional sailing for the past 17 years, and been involved in six America’s Cup campaigns. He has been a member of ORACLE Racing for the last 10 years, and his tenacity and loyalty paid off in February 2010 when he was the bowman on the Trimaran USA 17, the winner of the 33rd America’s Cup.
In July 2010, Troy and Brad began discussing the possibility of starting an America’s Cup sailing operation in San Francisco. Both saw attributes in the other; Troy brought business experience and Brad, sailing experience and America’s Cup authenticity.
After founding the company in February 2011, USA 76 was the first yacht to be brought to San Francisco and modified for passenger service. In May she underwent a month of sea-trials and media outings before being offered for public charter. On June 4, Richard and Judy Hyde, braving a damp Saturday morning, were the first official guests.