I set sail aboard the California Spirit last Sunday to photograph the America's Cup. For those of you who know how summer weather in San Francisco can be, you know all too well how foggy and freezing it is most days. Well I got lucky as it was warm and sunny... a rare and gorgeous day to be on the Bay. Yeah!
I honestly didn't know much about the world of boat racing and the America's Cup before Sunday, but being on board with a number of experts and leading writers on the subject turned a lovely boat ride on the Bay into a rich, multi-layered educational experience. It would be difficult to relay all of the interesting historical and current details of the event so I highly suggest reading up on the history of the race here, as it is a fascinating story. In the meantime, I'll stick to what I know best... visual images!
Oh, hello, beautiful San Francisco... so nice to see you from out here on the water!
Taking a turn around Alcatraz Island...
Truly remarkable to see how low the helicopters would fly in order to film the race. The pilots are surely just as skilled as the sailors in making their maneuvers so quickly and skillfully. It was quite a sight.
Couldn't get enough picturesque shots of boats flying by SF landmarks. The SF Bay is certainly a unique backdrop for such a historical race... not to mention, a rare opportunity to view the race from land as most races occur in the middle of the ocean.
Pretty cool to see these vessels up close and personal. And to think, these catamarans will be almost double in size for the finals in 2013, at a massive 72-feet long! Check out the boat specs here.
I am certainly excited to watch the next AC World Series Regatta in October. I highly suggest checking it out!