No doubt if you’ve been down to the Marina Green or Chrissy Field this summer you’ve seen the giant 72-ft catamarans sailing along at 40+ mph in San Francisco Bay – they’re hard to miss. Excitement is growing now that the America’s Cup Finals are here. If you’re interested in watching the races, mark your calendars for September 7-23, 2013 (race days subject to change; see schedules below). This is a once-in-a-lifetime event – it’s speculated that the massive catamarans competing in this years AC race will not be competing in future races. So if you want to see them, this is the time to do it!
America’s Cup Finals 2013 in San Francisco Bay
AC Finals Schedule (best of 17 series)*
- Saturday & Sunday: September 7-8
- Tuesday: September 10
- Thursday: September 12
- Saturday & Sunday : September 14-15
- Tuesday: September 17
- Thursday: September 19
- Saturday: September 21
- Sunday: September 22
- Monday: September 23
- Tuesday: September 24
- Wednesday: September 25
* 2 races per day at 1:10pm PT and 2:10pm PT. Race days may be subject to change due to weather conditions so be sure to check America’s Cup website for race dates and times.
AC Spectator Viewing
For the first time in America’s Cup history, spectators can watch the races up close from all along the San Francisco waterfront. Good viewing spots include Crissy Field and the Marina Green, local high-rises and rooftops, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and at America’s Cup Park (Piers 27/29) along the Embarcadero. One of our favorite places to watch the races is out past the Golden Gate Yacht club – bring a chair or grab a seat on one of the rocks. Or take a Bay Cruise aboard a Red & White or Blue & Gold ferry and watch all the action out the bay.
Ticketing bleacher seating is available in front of the America’s Cup Village (at the Marina Green) and at America’s Cup Park (Piers 27/29). Free public bleacher seating is also available near Chrissy Field. Giant viewing screens are featured at these locations – spectators can get an up-close view of the best sailors in the fastest boats as they compete in the world’s most prestigious sailing race. The other advantage of watching the races at either of these locations is that you get minute-by-minute race commentary from a sports commentator so you know exactly what’s happening during each phase of the race. So come and join in the fun and cheer on your favorite team.
Or watch the AC races and highlights from the comfort of your home with family and friends.
Not watching the races? No worries… there are plenty of fun things to do in and around San Francisco. Check out these fun sightseeing tours: