Love San Francisco and love sailing? Want to try out a yacht that actually sailed in the America’s Cup? Well, you’re in luck because now world travelers can sail aboard an authentic America’s Cup racing yacht.
And it’s an experience not to be missed.
“I was on the USA 76 and I have to say the experience was just exhilarating! What an adrenaline rush! We started off being told what to remember in terms of changing sides when the boat moved. Then we were told what not to touch and the best part was when we were offered a chance to help out,” says San Francisco resident, Donal Witham.
“I’ve never been a sailor, but it was a whole lot of fun. My daughter even got to take the wheel and she just loved that. I’d recommend the experience to anyone!”
And he’s right. The famous America’s Cup racing yacht USA76 is now San Francisco’s newest and most unique waterfront attraction. It also happens to be one of the most thrilling rides available on San Francisco Bay as well.
You will leave from Pier 39–a great place that’s central and one you an explore after your experience on the USA 76.
So what’s the history of the USA 76 yacht? Glad you asked.
It was back on February 14,2010 when the Golden Gate Yacht Club won the last America’s Cup. This was the yacht that actually raced in that America’s Cup. The 84 foot yacht is all carbon — designed to make it travel faster in the water when it is racing. The boat was retired from racing in the summer of 2005.
And did you know that the America’s Cup is actually the oldest trophy in international sports? Yes, it’s true. According to the website, when it comes to history of the America’s Cup:
The trophy was originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight which was won by the schooner America. The trophy was renamed the America’s Cup after the boat and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under the terms of the Deed of Gift which made the Cup available for perpetual international competition.
It’s worth noting that San Francisco is going to be the city that hosts the next America’s Cup competition. (See an article on that, by this Examiner, here: SF confirmed to host next America’s Cup (photos))
The captain is more than happy to give you various trivia facts while you are on the yacht. Make sure you ask him such questions as:
Who won in 1983?
How tall is the mast?
What are coffee grinders?
Where is the next America’s Cup regatta?
There’s nothing they don’t know on America’s Cup history and trivia, so go ahead–try to stump them with questions!
World travelers (or even those who live here) should check out the USA 76. You’ll be glad you did!
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