Sailor Spotlight

At the beginning of this month, ACsailingSF was delighted to host a special guest who traveled across the pond to visit our beautiful city, San Francisco. Yvonne Gordon is an award-winning features and travel writer whose work has been published in the Irish Times, The Irish Mail On Sunday, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The National, and DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. Coming from a sailing background, Yvonne also writes about her experiences and various trips through her blog, Holidays On The Water.

New to the San Francisco Bay Area, Yvonne knew little of what to expect. While she consistently sails on a bay in her hometown, the promise of steady wind conditions on the San Francisco Bay was a welcome and exciting change.

The 84-foot America’s Cup-class yacht docked at PIER 39 with the crew in their professional gear was a sight to behold. Stepping aboard, Yvonne was pleased to find USA 76 to be “a real racing boat..designed for speed and performance”, which added to her enthusiasm for the trip.

Throughout the two-and-a-half hour experience, Yvonne took turns at the helm, guiding USA 76 and her crew both on the upwind and downwind legs of the adventure. She even took command during a tack (direction change) underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!

Having spent only two days in the city, Yvonne was able to learn a local’s perspective of the city, highlighting the different boat types in the bay, the America’s Cup races from this past summer, and the different yacht clubs in the area. All in all, her favorite part of the adventure included sailing towards Alcatraz Island and cruising underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She mentioned “it was amazing to see the city skyline and the waterfront, with all the wharfs from a different perspective on the water.”

Thanks for joining us, Yvonne! Come back for another sail soon!

Sailor Spotlight

A Thank You to Our Guests

image

Here at ACsailingSF we are forever thankful for all the people who have stepped foot aboard USA 76.  The lasting impact we’ve made is carried on through conversations, that has lead to genuine, heartfelt referrals to their friends and family. We rely on you all to spread our message, ultimately allowing everyone to experience a taste of the America’s Cup here on San Francisco Bay.

So we thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving,
From the Crew at ACsailingSF

USA 76 at Strictly Sail Pacific

We spent a wonderful 3 days last weekend at the Strictly Sail Pacific show at Jack London Square, and we thank them for the invitation.  Our presence brought many curious faces wondering to the end of the dock, to the tallest mast at the show.  Letting people touch, feel and ask questions about ACsailingSF and USA 76 was a thrill for the crew as we showed her off.

photo

A highlight for us was introducing professional sailing to Bay Area youth.  SailSFBay.org, in cooperation with the America’s Cup Event Authority, brought school kids around to board yachts and ask questions about the sport of sailing.  Many eager hands spun the coffee grinders and pretended to take the helm as they explored their curiosity for USA 76.

photo-1

Introducing the Pro Sailor Speaker Series

ACsailingSF is proud to launch the start of our Pro Sailor Speaker Series, happening the first Sunday of every month beginning in May.  This gives the public the opportunity to be joined by a professional sailor aboard USA 76.  Come and receive hands-on instruction from individuals who have made careers out of racing.

 

May 5th marks the inaugural event where we will be inviting ocean racer, Ryan Breymaier aboard for the day.  Ryan has an impressive career in offshore racing, including round the world races and experience in short-handed ocean-racing circuits.  His most recent accomplishment is having crewed aboard Maserati, the yacht that just set the record for sailing one of the world’s most challenging routes from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn.

Maserati

 

USA 76 Racing Once Again

USA 76 will be back in her element on Sunday March 10th, racing in a local favorite: The Big Daddy Pursuit Race.  Put on by the Richmond Yacht Club, it is a reverse handicap race around Alcatraz and Angel Island in either direction.  Starting in the back of the pack, USA 76 will plan on weaving her way through the fleet, to a glorious finish (fingers crossed).  Join the crew for the race and help push USA 76 to her fastest.  It’s less than 3 weeks away so be sure to reserve your spot on the team!

 

The Crew from last year’s Big Daddy

Happy Birthday USA 76!

Happy Birthday USA 76! On July 4th, 2002, ORACLE Racing’s hope for the 31st America’s Cup was launched. Ten years later USA 76 is sailing frequently in front of the city she represented a decade ago, and continues to embody the spirit of the America’s Cup and San Francisco. ACsailingSF wishes all our friends, fans and followers a safe and memorable Independence Day!

San Francisco sailing at its best on ‘USA 76′

This yacht just looks slick wherever it goes. This is another shot of the same corporate group from April 20.

USA 76 with corporate guests cruising downwind on San Francisco Bay

San Francisco team building never looked anything like this!

This shot was taken on April 20 with a group of corporate folks out on our beautiful America’s Cup yacht USA 76. 

America's Cup yacht 'USA 76' team building on San Francisco bay

 

We do this all the time. The reason we’re in business is to give guests the opportunity to take an active role in a number of crew positions on the yacht. Whether it be a corporate team building group, a staff reward, an incentive sail or whatever the reason, the “USA 76″ America’s Cup yacht is the only vessel of this caliber in San Francisco.

Corporate folks enjoying team company on San Francisco bay

Corporate guests crew on 'USA 76' on San Francisco Bay

Despite the lack of wind today, I think everyone on board had a good time.  It’s interesting when there is a shared love of being on the water it doesn’t really matter what kind of day it is.  Regardless, we offered our guests another opportunity to join us again with a bit more breeze, free of charge…I just want everyone to experience what 76 is really capable of.  We also received excellent feedback and input on our website.  As a result we are going to work on a page describing the parts of the yacht, points of sail and basic sailing terms.

And as for the dock…

USA 76 crew provide tribute to 9/11

On what was otherwise a great sailing afternoon on San Francisco Bay, no amount of fun could hide the fact that this was September 11, 2011. As a small tribute to those many thousands affected on this day our crew carried a wreath and flag on the stern of USA 76.

 

America's Cup yacht USA 76 carries tribute wreath for 9/11 victims.

September 11 tribute on ACsailingSF yacht USA 76