Happy Birthday USA 76! On July 4th, 2002, ORACLE Racing’s hope for the 31st America’s Cup USA 76 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 a vibrant city with a rich cultural inheritance inclusive of famous historical landmarks and attractions including the picturesque Golden Gate Bridge, the island of Alcatraz, Chinatown, and the transportation staple of the city the famous San Francisco Cable Cars.

It is no wonder San Francisco ranks as #35 worldwide as one of the most visited cities and a top tourist destination. There are so many fun things to do in San Francisco you could spend the entire week there and not be able to take them all in.

There are the landmarks as mentioned above plus the third most visited tourist attraction in the U.S. Pier 39 a premier getaway with breathtaking views and unparalleled entertainment, shopping and dining options on two levels plus the infamous sea lions.

Sailing in San Francisco is an exciting event as San Francisco prepares for the 34th annual America’s Cup ACSailingSF located at Pier 39 offers adrenaline, heart pumping rides on the 85 foot, 20 passenger USA 76, Challenger for the 2003 Americas Cup.  Sailing was never more exciting and adventurous as it is aboard the Challenger with members of the Oracle racing team at the helm.

Whale watching is an incredible experience in San Francisco, these magnificent creatures of the sea migrate annually off the San Francisco coastline.  Catch them in their natural habitat, blue and humpback whales migrate June thru November and gray, sperm and killer whales migrate December thru May. Whale watching is a year round event surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay with its spectacular views of the city itself.  Catch whale watching from Pier 39 at San Francisco Whale Tours  San Francisco is known for its fine cuisine more than a dozen restaurants are located at Pier 39 plus a wide variety of stores are available.

The famous Fisherman’s Wharf is also located next to pier 39.  It is no wonder with the multitude of things to do, and places to eat that Pier 39 is so popular.

There are many other attractions to visit including the zoo, museums, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Historical Haight Ashbury District, the list goes on.

San Francisco is a premier vacation and weekend getaway hot spot you wouldn’t want to miss.

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…

Hi, again, Warren

My husband and I sailed on Father’s Day aboard USA76 and we really, really loved it! What an amazing thrill it was! We enjoyed the boat, the crew, the experience and a beautiful day.

Now, we have a family wedding coming up and we’d like to inquire about sailing again on Sunday, July 31st with my husband’s brother, sister-in-law and sister, and perhaps his sister’s husband, all of whom are extremely experienced sailors and racers and who will be in town for the wedding. Do you have openings on USA76 for that day? We would be a party of either four or five.

We live in Point Richmond, so we could actually board USA76 at her mooring, if that’s more convenient.

Looking forward to hearing from you regarding availability and prices.

Cheers, Pam Hyland

Dear Warren:

My apologies for not Emailing you before now about the great time our group had on USA 76 back on August 16! Absolutely perfect weather certainly helped (NO FOG at 10AM, a fresh-but-not-overwhelming breeze, nice temperature), but it really was the CAPTAIN and CREW that made this experience very special.

I’m finishing up the September issue of our IYC Mainsheet newsletter, and USA76 is prominently featured. Give me about an hour (4PM or so) and you’ll find it available at http://iyc.org/mainsheet.html .

Those folks took the word back to their homes in LA, Texas and Chicago, and have also spread the word and photos around the international sailing community in Second Life. I sincerely hope some of those sailors will make the trip here and try it for themselves.

Thanks again!– Dave Bloch Commodore, Island YC

“Brad, John…& crew of USA 76,
Maybe you hear this all the time but you’ve never heard it from us…Driving the USA under the GG Bridge and around the bay was TRULY our dream come true. You are gentlemen & women to the extreme of professionalism. ANYONE would find the experience you offer one of if not the greatest personal hands-on experience in their lives. THANK YOU…Oh, we’re coming back for more…duh! 🙂 Steve & Katherine”

We’re here!!  Hard to believe in just 11 short months we have taken an idea and brought it to fruition.  There is still a lot to accomplish (docks, another IACC boat, more staff, more marketing…more customers!!) but to have USA 76 and the yacht America consistently sailing on the City Front, we are proud to be bringing a taste of the America’s Cup to San Francisco.

We share the vision of taking sailing to the masses and making it accessible for all, and we will be doing everything we can to support the America’s Cup and those focused on this goal.