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Ted Hoppe
04-25-2019, 11:40 AM
In my home town... feel free to come visit.

All teams are working out of the SailGP base - the old sea plane base in Alemada which was used by Sweden's Artemis Racing in the 2013 America's Cup regatta. Earlier the Rome Kirby led US SailGP team, were the first to launch.

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Ted Hoppe
04-25-2019, 11:45 AM
Racing will take place just off the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula in the heart of San Francisco Bay, with the stunning Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island as a backdrop. Competing in a total of five short-format fleet races, the top two teams will face off in a match race finale to determine the event winner on Sunday afternoon.


The U.S. SailGP Team is comprised of Rome Kirby, 29, of Newport, Rhode Island (helmsman); Taylor Canfield, 30, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (flight controller/tactician); Riley Gibbs, 22, of Long Beach, California (wing trimmer); Hans Henken, 26, of Coronado, California (flight controller); Mac Agnese, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (grinder); and Dan Morris, 31, of Edina, Minnesota (grinder).
"Sailing on F50s is going to be awesome in San Francisco," said Kirby. "We all love the city, especially for the opportunities that it presents for high-level sailing. With the right conditions, we should break the 50 knot mark, and that will be a major, groundbreaking moment for the sport. The natural race track that the San Francisco Bay is providing us to sail on is unreal."


As the countdown continues, fans can explore a wide array of ticketing options to take in the action, on land or water. The San Francisco SailGP Race Village is a free-to-the-public event, with two ticketed options available to enhance the SailGP experience. The SailGP Race Village Plus (https://nvite.com/community/sailgp)package offers in-demand tickets for access to a shore-side area with spectacular front-row viewing, live race coverage and commentary and refreshments available for purchase. SailGP Race Village Grandstand (https://nvite.com/community/sailgp) will offer reserved grandstand seats with a premium shore-side view, live race coverage and commentary, and dedicated amenities including refreshments available for purchase.
"San Francisco is a beautiful place, and holds its own iconic status in sailing. The crowds viewing the racing are going to love it, and we are going to love it too," said Morris. "To be able to sail in our home country, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, and with views of the Marin headlands, is quite a special experience, and we all consider it a true privilege."


Earlier this week, SailGP announced a partnership with Red and White Fleet San Francisco's leading bay cruise operator as the exclusive provider of on-water experiences for families, individuals and corporate guests. Exclusive ticketed experiences will be offered on the Red and White Fleet's newest vessels, the Zalophus and the Enhydra, with both spectator boats having prime viewing position within the race zone, guaranteeing the closest viewing of the action, as well as complimentary food and beverage.


To purchase tickets for land or on-water viewing, visit SailGP.com/sanfrancisco (https://sailgp.com/races/san-francisco/).

Keith Wilson
04-25-2019, 11:55 AM
Damn, I miss sailing on the bay. Best stay out of those guys' way, though.

Ted Hoppe
04-25-2019, 12:24 PM
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I repainted the deck and washed/changed the sails. Cleaned up interior. Should be able to cruise up pretty near the practice and action like AC cup.

we are having a warm spell and good sea breeze 15-18kts. Excited to go out.

Keith Wilson
04-25-2019, 12:31 PM
We are having a warm spell and good sea breeze 15-18kts. Excited to go out.Lovely! The most pleasant sailing is before the valley gets hot and the sea breeze really starts to blow.

Ted Hoppe
04-25-2019, 12:42 PM
Lovely! The most pleasant sailing is before the valley gets hot and the sea breeze really starts to blow.

when you come back for a visit, I’d hope you come on out with us. I promise a fine comfortable ride, incredible lunch, a good drink of your choice and scenery as you know holds on to your very soul.

webishop14
04-25-2019, 02:15 PM
Lovely! The most pleasant sailing is before the valley gets hot and the sea breeze really starts to blow.

Too late! The valley already saw 95 yesterday. Summer's ahead of schedule. (Those damned librulz need to knock off their climate change hoax before things start to get serious!)

John B
04-25-2019, 02:42 PM
Made here, I had a quick tour through their factory last week.