That’s right! USA 76 is the sight of one of the best San Francisco team building activities you can experience. This fast and aerodynamic racing yacht is the ultimate form of team building and way better than any offsite on land. When you book a team building experience, your colleagues will get the opportunity to hoist the sails, helm the yacht and hone your communication skills. We can host anywhere from 8 – 20 guests on USA 76 and partner with other large yachts on the bay to accommodate groups of more than 20.

Types of team building activities at ACsailingSF

Bay Challenge – the ultimate team-building exercise. This is a three-hour tour that is a timed race course around SF Bay. After our coaches greet you at the docks, your team will be assigned specific roles that will be integral to getting the boat around the race course. Communication, teamwork, and desision making is all a part of the Bay Challenge.

Corporate Team Building – A corporate team building event is the best way to gather your team for a thrilling sail around the Bay. This is not a timed course so it’s a bit more relaxing though no less exciting. Your group will have the opportunity to steer the yacht, use our “coffee grinders” and hoist the sails. You can book a corporate team building event any day of the week. Sunset sails and Friday Night Races during the summer are popula.

Private Yacht Charters –  Do you want to impress your clients? Nothing wows visitors to the Bay Area than a jaunt around Central San Francisco Bay aboard the “Formula One race car” of the water. For every sail, we follow the wind and can sail anywhere. This includes the San Franciso or Sausalito City fronts, past Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate or Bay Bridge. USA76 is a multi-million dollar yacht and her racing pedigree makes her an incredible piece of history. You can “own” her for the afternoon when you charter her for an event.

What past clients say about this San Francisco teambuilding event

“Our entire Management team loved LOVED this team building. Our guys who flew in from Israel for this event will be the biggest fans and promoters of ACSailing in Israel going forward. Seriously.
BTW, The entire team is ex-military, so this was very special for them.”

Ophir A. @ Perimeterx
Picture of the Bay Challenge - a times race course on San Francisco Bay.

“We had an amazing event. The crew was consummate professionals, entertaining, knowledgeable and incredibly enthusiastic. Every single guest from Insitu loved their experience, from the non-sailor to the seasoned sailor! It was also agreed that everyone preferred the experience of sailing in the stormy weather as it added to the intensity and adrenalin of the experience. We look forward to bringing groups to you and working with you and the team again and again!”

Matt S. @ Global Sessions

Book your team building event in San Francisco for the 2019 season now. Warren Allen at 619-630-6383 or warren@acsailingsf.com to book your team building event today.

Fleet Race in Valencia. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

As we established in the previous post, the Louis Vuitton Cup was established as the “playoffs” for America’s Cup to determine what nation would challenge the 2003 defender. Of the nine events that Louis Vuitton sponsored, five of the prevailing challengers went on to win the America’s Cup that followed.

From 2004 to 2007, the Louis Vuitton Cup was diced into “Acts” to narrow down the competition and talent that followed the “Auld Mug” around the world. These Acts consisted of thirteen fleet and match races that were held in multiple countries. A total of twelve teams, 200+ elite sailors, representing nine nations competed. Each Act would reveal a winning team that would accrue points ultimately earning the title of Challenger of the 32nd America’s Cup. The reigning defender and winner of the 31st America’s Cup was the Swiss Team Alinghi of the Société Nautique de Genève (Switzerland). Alighini brought the Cup to Valencia Spain for the 32nd America’s Cup and would compete in all 13 Louis Vitton Acts alongside the challengers.

Alinghi Holds the Lead

Over the course of the Acts, Alinghi held a strong lead, including winning the ACC Championship in Act 5. By the end of the second year of the Acts, Alinghi was at the top closely followed by “The Big Three”, Oracle BMW Racing, Luna Rossa, and Emirates Team New Zealand. During Act 8, in Sicily, the French Team K-Challenge knocked Alinghi out of it’s 31-race winning streak.

Swiss Alinghi races on the fourth day of match racing of the Louis Vuitton Cup Act 12 regatta off the coast of Valencia, 25 June 2006. Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images.

Carnage in Valencia

Acts 9 – 13 brought festivities back to Valencia where the 2007 America’s Cup would take place. The final, 13th Act (originally dubbed the 14th Act so as to avoid an unlucky 13th race but called the 13th act at the end to avoid confusion) was riddled with carnage. Italy’s +39 was dismasted and Oracle BMW Racing’s spinnaker pole was snapped in half. At the end of 5 days of racing, Emirates Team New Zealand was victorious and moved on to challenge Alinghi during the 32nd America’s Cup.

Italy’s +39 Challenge is dismasted during the final Acts of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia.

List of Competitors in Louis Vuitton Acts

  1. The United States – BMW Oracle Racing – USA 76
  2. New Zealand – Emirates Team New Zealand – NZL 82
  3. Spain – Desafío Español 2007 – ESP 67
  4. South Africa – Team Shosholoza – RSA 83
  5. Italy – Luna Rossa – ITA 74
  6. Italy – +39 Challenge – ITA 85
  7. Sweden – Victory Challenge – SWE 63
  8. Germany – United Internet Team Germany – GER 72
  9. Italy – Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team – ITA 77
  10. China  – China Team – CHN 69
  11. France – K Challenge – FRA 60
Malmo, SWEDEN: BMW Oracle Racing (USA 76) (L) sails to victory over China Team (CHN 69) in their match-race in the Louis Vuitton Act 6 of the 32nd America’s Cup, 28 August 2005 outside Malmo. The Malmo-Sk?ne Louis Vuitton sixth and seventh acts are sailed ahead of the 32nd America Cup set in Valencia, Eastern Spain in 2007. AFP PHOTO – SVEN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Locations & Winners for the Louis Vuitton Acts 2004 – 2007

ActDateLocationWinner
Act 1Sept. 2004Marseille, FranceOracle BMW Racing
USA 76
Act 2Oct. 2004Valencia, SpainEmirates Team
New Zealand
Act 3Oct. 2004Valencia, SpainAlinghi wins ACC
Leads in points
Act 4June 2005Valencia, SpainAlinghi
Act 5June 2005Valencia, SpainLuna Rossa
Act 6Aug. 2005Malmö, Skåne, SwedenAlinghi
BMW Leads in Points
Act 7Sept. 2005Malmö, Skåne, SwedenAlinghi
Act 8Oct. 2005Trapani, ItalyAlinghi
Act 9Mar. 2006Trapani, ItalyAlinghi
Act 10May 2006Valencia, SpainEmirates Team
New Zealand
Act 11May 2006Valencia, SpainAlinghi
Act 12June 2006Valencia, SpainEmirates Team
New Zealand
Act 13April 2007Valencia, SpainAlinghi Wins
Emirates leads points
Team Emirates New Zealand wins the Louis Vuitton Cup and moves on to challenge Alinghi for the 32nd America’s Cup.

High Fashion, Even Higher Sails

As we delve further into the history of America’s Cup we come across numerous Challengers, sponsors, and athletes that have sought to leave their legacy alongside America’s Cup. One such sponsor is Louis Vuitton. Of course, the only thing sexier than high fashion is multi-million dollar yachting. It only made sense for luxury’s finest to enter the scene in 1983.

Advertisement for the Louis Vuitton Trophy and the 35th America’s Cup held in Bermuda.

Louis Vuitton and the “Auld Mug”

Since it’s inception, there was an onslaught of international challengers vying for a chance to claim the “Auld Mug”. This popularity spurred the launch of the “Challenger’s Cup” which became the “playoffs” of America’s Cup. The Louis Vuitton Cup sought to narrow the competition in nine round-robin points accruing phases. The team that won the Louis Vuitton Cup would go on to challenge the current holder of America’s Cup. The first Louis Vuitton Cup was held in Newport Rhode Island. Australia II won and went on to challenge America’s Liberty for the 25th America’s Cup. Louis Vuitton sponsored a total of eight America’s Cup Events. This included one Louis Vuitton Trophy in 2017 that determined the 35th America’s Cup Challenger. Of the nine events sponsored by Louis Vuitton, five of the victorious teams have gone on to win America’s Cup!

In 2003, Auckland New Zealand set the stage for the 6th Louis Vuitton Cup and the 31st America’s Cup. Team New Zealand of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron was the defending champion. Skipper, Dean Barker, was at the helm. There were nine competitors from six nations with their most talented and elite sailors on board.

Team New Zealand’s crew positions for the 2003 America’s Cup held in New Zealand.

2003 Louis Vuitton Cup

Enter Oracle BMW Racing and USA 76! The team was founded by Larry Ellison and skippered by Peter Holmberg. The team included elite sailors like our very own Brad Webb, Paul Cayard, John Cutler, Phil Jameson, Brian MacInnes, Cameron Dunn, and Chris Dickson. In accordance to class rules, the yacht boasted 40,000lbs of lead ballast, 10,000 lbs of carbon fiber, and 2,8000 sq ft. of sail area.

America’s Cup Returns to Europe

After a series of nine round-robin races, Team Alinghi went head to head with Oracle BMW Racing. It was a ferocious fight, however, Alighi won and went on to challenge Team New Zealand in the 31st America’s Cup. The team prevailed and brought the “Auld Mug” back to Europe. The 2007 America’s Cup would take place in Valencia Spain. Take a look at the clip below to see some of the action between Alinghi and Team New Zealand.

The Launch of SailGP

Larry Ellison is at it again with SailGP – a fleet of cutting-edge 15-meter catamarans that are predicted to exceed the 50-knot barrier while foiling. With its 24-meter wingsail, foils made of high modulus carbon fiber, and rudders made of high strength stainless steel – these boats will fly. Foil rake, cant, wing twist and jib sheets are all battery powered and there will be a flight control system that will be operated by a joystick. Onboard cameras and microphones will give the audience the feeling as though they were in the cockpit calling tactics. A series of five match races across four countries will end in a winner takes all 1-million dollar race.

SailGP will launch in February of 2019 in Sydney Australia and will race in the San Francisco Bay in May 2019 (hint: tickets are already available if you want to see the race aboard USA 76). Visit their site for details – if you love sailing as much as we do, we know you’ll want the details now.

SailGP's F50 catamaran's in action.
SailGP’s F50 catamaran’s in action.

The 31st Trans Atlantic Race

The 31st Trans Atlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island to Cowes, England. This 2,960 nautical mile race is one of the longest yacht races open to both professional and amateur racers worldwide and is organized by Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club, and the Storm Trysail Club. The last Trans Atlantic race took place in 2015 with 38 competing yachts including the renowned Comanche that set a set a new record by sailing 618.01 miles in 24 hours, and became the first monohull to break the 600-mile barrier. The 2019 Trans Atlantic Race kicks off on June 25, 2019 so stay tuned for details.

Another Season of Sailing on San Francisco Bay!

With the arrival of a new year and the promise of steady winds on the horizon, we can’t help but look forward to the 2019 sailing season (we know it’s not an event so don’t @ us, please). This year we will witness the Annual Three Bridge Fiasco in January, the 55th Edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series in September, and our beloved Fleet Week in October. Combine that with weekend regattas in the spring and daily beercan races in the summer and you have the perfect combination of fun!

Three Bridge Fiasco 2019 is something to look forward to on San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay, SF skyline and the 2016 Three Bridge Fiasco racers.

Additionally, ACsailingSF will be participating in the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Seaweed Soup Regatta (mid-winters). We will also participate in the South Beach Yacht Club’s Friday Night Series in the summer. During the height of our sailing season, you can book a public sail almost every day of the week. If you want to schedule a private or corporate event to enjoy the bay let us know. We love to share our favorite season with you!

So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for some exciting events on the Bay this year. We’ll see you out there!

The next time you are on the water, keep an eye out for the US Olympic Sailing Team! That’s right, the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology (FAST USA) has set up shop on Treasure Island. FAST USA is a partnership between US Sailing (the sport’s governing body), the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, and the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC). The program’s facilities were donated by our very own ORACLE TEAM USA. Olympians past, present, and future have flooded the Bay since May 2018.  

2017 image shows the containers donated to FAST USA from Oracle's America's Cup Team. (Leandro Spina)

2017 image shows the containers donated to FAST USA from Oracle’s America’s Cup Team. (Leandro Spina)

San Francisco is a historical home for sailors

San Francisco Bay has been a world-renowned sailing destination, helping to write the history of the sport for decades. Many professional sailors have found their beginnings in our cool waters. SF Bay’s consistent winds and constant tides provide a year-round challenge making it an obvious location for Olympic training. This facility is the first West Coast training facility for the US Olympic Sailing team.

“Having a home is so important,” says Malcolm Page, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chief of US Olympic Sailing. “I think it’s a huge step forward for this country and for sailors who want to reach the top of the podium. I think it’s really going to set ourselves up. To think the L.A. Olympics are only 10 years away, it’s a great opportunity,” says Page who moved to the Bay Area to manage the facility.

The completed facility will be located on the shoreline of Clipper Cove nextdoor to the Treasure Island Sailing Center. The Cove provides a sheltered area for dingy and keelboat sailors alike. Already, TISC works hard to bring sailing to the Bay Area community all year long, successfully running their Set Sail Learn program that offers thousands of fourth-grade kids an opportunity to get out on the water.

New opportunities for Bay Area youth

“With the creation of FAST USA at TISC, we can offer high-level training opportunities for both Bay Area sailors and Olympic hopefuls that currently do not exist,” said Bill Kreysler, President of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation. “This facility will bridge existing gaps between youth, high school, collegiate, and high-performance sailing. FAST USA will be the first facility of its kind in the nation and we are thrilled to have US Sailing putting the wind at our back here in San Francisco. The seamless pathway we envision is a perfect fit for US Sailing’s joint goals of expanding sailing access on the west coast and winning Olympic medals.”

With the 2028 LA Olympics just 10 years away, this cutting-edge training facility will help increase the headcount and performance of the US Olympic Sailing team. We’ll hope for more medals as well!

Like any story, we have to start at the beginning. Before foiling monohulls, multihulls, spinnakers and carbon fiber. This story begins even before J-Class yachts made their debut in the yachting world and in a time where the crew positions included physically move ballast below-decks from one side of the hull to the other during tacks.  

"America" the schooner that won the very first America's Cup

1851 America’s Cup: The schooner ‘America’ as she appeared for the Royal Yacht Squadron regatta August 22nd, 1851. painting by W. G. Wood after a photograph by N. L. Stebbins

The inception of America’s Cup all started in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1851 with John Cox Stevens, the first-ever commodore of the New York Yacht Club. He didn’t know it at the time, but the 101ft schooner, America, he’d commissioned by Geroge Steers would lead to what has been called the world’s oldest sporting championship and a 167 year-long legacy of innovation, competition, and skill.

Stevens grew up the eldest son of a Revolutionary War veteran and steamboat pioneer in Jersey. After building a series of his own yachts, founding the New York Yacht Club, and introducing Cricket to America, Stephens had a thirst for something more. He gathered a 6-person syndicate to commission the building of a magnificent schooner to be a competitive Yankee thoroughbred in British waters.

The race around the Isle of Wight

1851 America's Cup: The lines plan of the American schooner 'America' drawn by George Steers. PICTURES OF YESTERYEAR - Managed by PPL PHOTO AGENCY - Copyright Reserved 1851 America's Cup: The lines plan of the American schooner 'America' drawn by George Steers. CREDIT: Bob Fisher Archive/PPL

1851 America’s Cup: The lines plan of the American schooner ‘America’ drawn by George Steers. CREDIT: Bob Fisher Archive/PPL

On August 22, 1851, a mere 4 months after her launch, America was set to race in Cowes against 15 of the finest yachts and skilled crews that the Royal Yacht Squadron could muster. She was a gamble and ahead of her time. She was built for speed and featured innovative, machine-woven, flat cut sails. Contrary to the rounded bows of the era, America’s bow was concave. The design offered the least resistance to the flow of the water over her bow. And they knew she was fast. On her journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Cowes, the crew recorded impressive 200+nautical mile days.

At the blast of the starting gun, 15 yachts took to the course, racing to defend Britain’s honor. It was a quick 54-nautical-mile race circumnavigating the Isle of Wight. The prize was the “Auld Mug” or the “£100 Cup”, a 27-inch cup made of 134 ounces of silver and worth £100. There were no handicaps and sources say a south-westerly wind prevailed, aided by a strengthening east-going tide. Bets were heavily in favor of Stevens’ Yankee schooner.

There is No Second Place

The "Auld Mug" or "£100 Cup" was renamed "America's Cup" in 1851.

The “Auld Mug” or “£100 Cup” was renamed “America’s Cup” in 1851.

Needless to say, America won the race coming in 8 minutes ahead of her closest competition, a 57 ft. cutter christened Aurora. Of the 15 yachts that started the race, only 5 crossed the finish line. Queen Victora who had come to watch the finish reportedly asked which boat was in second place. The famous reply was “Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.”

The “Auld Mug” was claimed by the Yanks and renamed the “America’s Cup”. Shortly after her victory, Stevens sold America. However, the legacy of the yacht remained intact. In 1857, the challenge for America’s Cup was declared with the deed of gift. In 1970 the very first America’s Cup Challenge on American waters took place in Newport, Rhode Island.

What would follow is a 167-year-old championship that would birth some of the most innovative yachts and technologies in history. USA 76 would enter the scene in September 2004 as a Challenger in the 32nd America’s Cup the Malmö-Skåne Louis Vitton Cup.

Our Sources and more info about America’s Cup:

Wikipedia

Yachting World

Alcatraz “The Rock” Island in San Francisco Bay

Among the many famous sites that make San Francisco Bay a popular tourist destination, you will find Alcatraz Island. Otherwise known as “The Rock”,  the island juts out of the blue waters of the Bay, barren and sharp against the rolling California hills in the distance. As the turbulent and cold waters of the SF Bay splash on the rocky shore, it’s not hard to understand the appeal of secluding the nations most dangerous criminals on the small island. 

Alcatraz tours and Cruises on yacht USA 76

From Military Base to Island Prison

Juan Manuel de Ayala, a Spanish explorer was the first person to map the rugged Island in 1775, naming it La Isla de los Alcatraces or The Islands of the Pelicans due to the large population of birds that inhabited the land. 75 years later, the US military built a fortress that housed 100 cannons and the West Coast’s first operational lighthouse. After almost a century, the US Justice Department opened a maximum-security federal prison on July 1, 1934.

The prison housed the most disruptive inmates in very harsh conditions. At any given time, Alcatraz would host 260 to 275 prisoners with approximately 1 guard to every three prisoners.

Famous Inmates at Alcatraz Island

During its 29 year reign, Alcatraz Federal Prison housed many infamous criminals.  Al “Scarface” Capone, murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud, and George “Machine Gun” Kelly all spent time at Alcatraz. Gangster Alvin “Creepy Karpis” Karpowicz, who was Public Enemy No 1 in the 1930s, also spent time in Alcatraz. 36 inmates attempted 14 escapes.  Twenty-nine of these escapee wannabes were killed or captured while attempting their getaway.  Of the prisoners that tried to swim to shore, two drowned and five went missing. Their bodies were never found. Officials presume they drowned fighting San Francisco Bay’s violent currents. The prison shut its doors in 1963 and became a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1972. The prison opened to the public in 1973.

Alcatraz Island Tours and Cruises

Today, Alcatraz remains a popular tourist attraction. Every year, millions of tourists visit San Francisco hoping to get an in-person view of “The Rock”. Annually, hundreds of people willingly participate in the “Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon” every June. This race includes a chilly swim from Alcatraz to Crissy Feild with chase boats for safety.

There are several ways to get a good view of this historical site. Book a Day or Express Sail past the island on USA 76 for a quick cruise if you are short on time. If you would like to tour Alcatraz by foot, book a day or a nighttime tour of the prison with Alcatraz Cruises. 

USA 76 sails past Alcatraz Island

One again a new year has started for USA 76 with a promise of fair winds and an active racing schedule.

The ACsailingSF crew are excited to share with you the experience of racing one of the fastest sailboats in the San Francisco Bay. Join us on one or all of our races listed below and become a part of USA 76 race team where you will have the opportunity to drive the yacht, work “coffee grinders” which trims the sails, and, be a part of the crew.

 

-Click on a date below to make a reservation-

 

Golden Gate Yacht Club Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup

 

Saturday, March 5

Saturday, November 5th

Saturday, December 3rd

 

Richmond Yacht Club Big Daddy:

 

Saturday, March 13th

 

South Beach Yacht Club Friday Night Series:

 

Friday, April 15th

Friday, April 22nd

Friday, April 29th

Friday, May 6th

Friday, May 20th

Friday, May 27th

Friday, June 3rd

Friday, June 17th

Friday, June 24th

Friday, July 15th

Friday, July 22nd

Friday, July 29th

Friday, August 5

Friday, August 19th

Friday, August 26th

 

Richmond Yacht Club Great Pumpkin:

Sunday, October 30th

OME137-Version-2

 

We are happy to have hosted Omega Watches aboard USA 76 once again to sail with us on San Francisco Bay for a team building event.

Omega sailed back to back yesterday in two attempts to top our SF Bay Challenge leaderboard.  The timed race event was a special outing for Omega ambassadors to enjoy San Francisco Bay while focusing on teamwork.  Success is only achievable if the group performs as a whole with effective communication on board the yacht.  This requires stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and learning through active participation.  Very few of our sailors had any prior experience in yacht racing, but were able to immerse themselves and learn with the tools and advise the ACsailingSF team provided.  Both the morning and afternoon groups were successful in achieving fast times while sailing on the America’s Cup race course here in San Francisco.

Have a group that wants to take the team building Challenge?
Call: Warren Allan (619) 630-6383
Email: Warren@ACsailingSF.com

We’ve been having a great start to our summer sailing season here on San Francisco Bay.  Some of our highlights as of recently:

Racing

We’re more than half way through the summer series — the South Beach Yacht Club’s Friday night beer can racing.  USA 76 has lined up with local racers for pleasant evenings racing the course down by the SF Giant’s Stadium (we even managed tv footage a couple times!).  All of our guests aboard have helped race USA 76 with great enthusiasm, making for very memorable races.

4th of July Celebration

USA 76 was amongst the festivities once again this year.  The fireworks sail is amongst our most popular events of the year.  We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun was setting, then dropped sails and enjoyed a very up-close viewing of San Francisco’s fireworks show from the water.  The 4th also marked the 13th birthday of USA 76!

 

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