Personal note: I am normal everyday sailing fan who has taken the opportunity to enjoy the America's Cup World Series events which happens to be taking place in my own back yard.
I had to suffer and watch Friday and Saturday's sailing on television. (I also had to suffer through a Virginia Tech Hokie's Loss to North Carolina , it's College American Football...ugh) I should not complain, the local NBC network broadcast them live and showed replays! It's a lot easier to see the lead changes on tv, plus you get to see all the close ups and hear the what the crews are saying to each other!
The America's Cup World Series events have been so successful due amazing efforts and energy to the volunteers and staff! I met Dennis (left) in August and he remembered me! Also being ever so kind, energetic, and helpful was Michael.
This is Nadia and Alex. Alex is from New Zealand. As I said in my August posts, if there wasn't a British Boat in the mix, I'd be cheering for Emirates Team New Zealand. I did purchase an ETNZ t-shirt to wear for next years Louis Vuitton Cup. I have a feeling I'll be making my own Oracle/ Ben Ainslie line to wear during the 2013 Defense Series!
Trying to make the San Francisco Bay boats and Golden Gate teeny tiny by camera
Large to small, F-22 Raptor, F-16, P-51 Mustang
A Sea Lion taking in the Air Show!
The Bay was really crowded with loads of boats!
Love this sequence of JP Morgan BAR rounding one of the marks.
Jimmy Spithill did an amazing job going from last to first during the course of the race. Oracle-Coutts came in second, followed by Artemis White and JP Morgan finished in fourth.
My post race pictures didn't turn out so well....the camera settings were not the best for the light. So I had to do some editing to even see the people. Being vertically challenged didn't help either!
Third place overall, Artemis White
JP Morgan BAR tied with Oracle Spithill, but since Spithill won that last fleet race, they took first place. In second place, JP Morgan BAR and Ben getting his Medal.
Great job guys!
And in first place, team Oracle Spithill
Now after my autograph debacles in August and on Thursday. I felt a touch guilty of "taking" too much from Mr. Ainslie. I got two official SF Giants mugs from the Giants Dug Out store in Walnut Creek. I paired them with a box of tea from my home store supply. (My lowest inventory level for tea bags is 1000...Living in earthquake country, one needs to be prepared for natural disasters, and this inventory has high turnover due to the rate tea is drunk in my household) I hope the little gift made Ben and his girlfriend a little more at home in San Francisco!
Snagged a picture with Kyle Langford from JP Morgan BAR.
Jimmy Spithill getting interviewed!
Ben Ainslie getting interviewed!
Probably reading all of his congratulatory messages from friends and family!
I saw two cute little white dogs decked out in black Oracle team gear. Well, the owners of the dogs wanted their picture with Ben. I happened to be around so I snapped away! What a good sport!
As for the Autographed-by-all-the-skippers program misson. I got 8 out of the 11. I didn't get Peter from Team Korea, Loick from Energy Team or Iker from Luna Rossa Swordfish. I will probably have to wait for the ACWS 2014 season. Hopefully one of the events will be in San Francisco!
Well that's it until next summer when the Louis Vuitton Cup and the Defense Series roll into town. I wish all the sailors a great winter training season. Maybe I'll get lucky and see the Oracle AC72 training out on the Bay!
If you want to see more of my pictures, you can visit my facebook photo albums
Since my brother is a professional photographer, I have a genuine appreciation for good photography. The JP Morgan Pictures, taken by Jen Edney, from the October ACWS that have been posted up on Ben's Facebook Fan Page are amazing! While on little marina green after the racing, I saw a woman decked out in JP Morgan Wet Weather gear. I figured it had to be her and introduced myself! Her shots really capture the energy and action of the sailing!
That's it until next year!
Red Sky at Night, Sailors delight
Red Sky in Morning, Sailors warning!
My own personal winter missions are to take a sailing refresher and focus on my own personal fitness!