America's Cup on San Francisco Bay

By Brian at February 02, 2011 11:53
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The organizers of the 34th America's Cup challenge have announced the racing area in San Francisco Bay.

It will be in the Central Bay, apparently in an area extending from the Golden Gate west of the bridge, between Alcatraz and Angel Island and just west of Treasure Island to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  There is an interesting "spur" of the indicated area just east of Angel Island that might indicate they plan to use the "A" buoy there as a mark.

The announcement says "America’s Cup Race Management will work with the U.S. Coast Guard to coordinate activities with other users of San Francisco Bay and to ensure that the deepwater channel will remain open during the event."  You can bet the Vessel Traffic Service will be deeply involved in this effort.  I wonder if they'd like to hire a VTS consultant with sailing experience to help them out with this event?  I might be able to recommend one...