Long summer sailing days mean that San Francisco Bay is dotted with numerous boats shaking off the winter rains. Polished up, loaded with friends, and surrounded by the scenic hills of the Bay Area, the beautiful Morris 34 Mais Ouias trimmed up and lookin’ good on a recent weekend sail.
The overnight press release from the America’s Cup was all about luggage. After all, the Louis Vuitton Cup is about to start. There’s a brand-new trophy, and, lest we forgot what business the title sponsor is in, a new traveling trunk.
But what we really intended to tell you about this morning was the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, which begin this Friday. Yes, America’s Cup 35 is finally here. Well, actually, it’s not here in San Francisco, the home waters of the defending club, Golden Gate YC, it’s in Bermuda. But Americans can watch it on TV. NBC Sports Network will carry the Qualifiers and Playoffs. This week’s schedule is as follows:
- Friday, 5/26/2017, 3-5 p.m. PDT
- Saturday, 5/27/2017, 10 a.m.-noon PDT
- Sunday 5/28/2017, 10 a.m.-noon PDT
We don’t get to actual broadcast television on NBC until June 17, for the AC match itself. For broadcast, cable and online viewing details, see www.americascup.com/en/where-to-watch.html.
The match-ups on Friday will be between Oracle Team USA and Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan, and France (again) and Emirates Team New Zealand. Land Rover BAR will have the day off. Friday’s racing will be followed by the Opening Ceremonies. See www.americascup.com/en/ac35-schedule.html for the complete schedule.
ETNZ had a set-back last week when they were clipped by Land Rover BAR during a practice race. Repairs to the resulting damage kept ETNZ off the water for four days.
Where do you go to find an ice-cold, locally brewed IPA, a hot, delicious meal or a fine bottle of wine within a short walk from a dock or anchorage? This summer sailing season seems like a good time to find out. A few years ago we made an effort to put together a comprehensive Boat-In Dining list.
This year, and in typical Bay Area fashion, we’re building the Boat-In Dining List 2.0, and we need your help!
Many establishments have changed hands, closed for business or opened since our last list. The good news is there’s hardly a dock or marina anywhere that doesn’t make a great destination for waterside dining. And with Lyft and Uber now prowling the streets, the radius of options is much greater.
We will be adding more bars and eateries to the list in the coming weeks, but thought we’d ask you for your favorites. What’s your perfect destination for food, drinks and entertainment? Email us here and let us know. Cheers!
Here are a few great destinations that we’ll be adding to our list shortly:
- Terrapin Crossroads – Phil Lesh’s place in San Rafael
- Brotzeit Lokal – German biergarten on Oakland Estuary
- East Brother Beer Company – Pt. Richmond Canal
- R & B Cellars – wine plus rhythm and blues in Pt. Richmond
- Pacific Lighthouse – dim sum in Alameda
- Bar Bocce – Sausalito
Given the entertainment industry’s love of sequels and extreme bad taste, it comes as no surprise to us that a new Titanic is being built.
This one will truly be unsinkable, because it’s being made for a theme park on the Daying Qi River in the Sichuan Province of China. Like the Queen Mary in Long Beach, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
This is no cheeseball smaller movie-set version of the 1912 original. It’s a full size — 882-ft by 92-ft — replica, exact in every detail. It will cost $150 million to build. There will be no skimping on the details, because rooms will go from between $500 and $50,000 (!!!) a night.
To ensure authenticity, the owners, Qixing Energy Investment Group, even flew in the actor who played the captain of the Titanic in the movie — with his costume – for the keel-laying ceremony.
Original plans called for a daily re-creation of the ship hitting an iceberg — seriously — but they have been shelved.
The new Titanic is slated to be ‘launched’ in October.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer previously announced that he would be building an exact replica of the Titanic — one that would actually hit the high seas. It was supposed to be launched in 2016, but construction hasn’t started yet.