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AC World Series Viewing Updates

If San Francisco’s normal summer winds pipe up, AC45 fleet racing should be quite a show.

© Gilles Martin-Raget

Sometimes America’s Cup details change as swiftly as one of their cats screaming across the Slot. Since our August issue, there have been some schedule changes. That’s good. Think TV coverage. We hereby offer the latest details for viewing the America’s Cup World Series, August 21-26. Full information at (NOTE: This is updated from today’s original post.)

Schedule changes
As originally posted, there’s a full afternoon of practice racing on Tuesday, but it is longer, and a tighter afternoon of match racing qualifiers on Wednesday. The AC Village closes 6 p.m. each day.

Now each day Wednesday through Saturday, the morning show starts 11 a.m., "dock-out" show at noon, and racing starts at 2:05 p.m.

Starting Thursday, there is match racing every day, followed by two fleet races (one on Sunday).

Match racing finals have been moved to Sunday, to precede the championship fleet race and overlap the national broadcast window. The pro-am regatta has been cancelled.

We’re also proud to help youth sailing get some TV attention Thursday. Through, we’ll have high school sailors doing laps off Marina Green between the match and fleet racing.

The latest version of the racing box for next week’s ACWS action.

© 2012 ACWS / USCG

Final, final schedule for August 21-26
•    Tuesday, August 21 — Morning show 11 a.m. Full practice race 1-4 p.m. Opening ceremony and chance to meet the teams 4:30-6:30 p.m.
•    Wednesday, August 22 — Morning show 11 a.m., focus on AC History. Match racing qualifiers 2:05-3:34 p.m. Dock-in show 4 p.m.
•    Thursday-Saturday, August 23-25 — Morning show 11 a.m. (Thursday youth sailing, Friday healthy oceans, Saturday special guest). Match racing quarterfinals 2:05-2:22 p.m. Fleet races 2:50-3:25 p.m. Dock-in show 4 p.m. (5 p.m. on Saturday during Dr. Dog concert.) Also on Saturday, there’s a 12:45 p.m. "fly-by" of AT&T Park, and Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill will throw the SF Giants opening pitch.
•    Super Sunday, August 26 — Dock-out show 11 a.m. Pre-recorded broadcast of match racing 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Match racing finals 11:45 a.m. Championship fleet race for series points 12:15-12:45 p.m. Series prize giving at 3 p.m.

•    The USCG regulated racing area is bigger than the boundaries for the actual course in use. The larger area gives race management some flexibility when setting marks. Buffer zones allow space for rescue and medic boats.
•    Eight to 16 large sailboats (40-ft or greater) flying 20-ft by 10-ft bright red America’s Cup forestay banners will be stake boats, forming the perimeter of the actual course area in use. Spectators are allowed around the perimeter, but do not stray inside the course area!
•    The regulated area will be enforced each day from one hour prior to racing (as early as noon on Tuesday, 1 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, as early as 10:45 a.m. Sunday) to the end of racing. Contact the USCG Patrol Commander on VHF Ch. 23 for permission to enter the course area.
•    Follow the directions of smaller Zodiac-style boats flying A-Cup marshal flags and, of course, any Coast Guard or law enforcement vessels. Move swiftly if they say to do so. Those cats go fast.
•    Spectator boats will find space between Anita Rock and the Golden Gate South Tower, in deeper water north of the stake boats, and off Hyde Street Pier east of the finish line.
•    Shoreside, view races from Crissy Field (windward mark), the Marina Green (leeward and finish), and elsewhere along the waterfront. All the bleacher ticketed options are sold out. Passes to the swanky America’s Cup Club for Thursday-Sunday are still available at $1500 per person (two days), $3,000 (four days) or for the truly generous, $26,000 for 10 friends for all four days
•    Official live on-the-water commentary is accessible via VHF Ch. 20.
•    Most racing will be live streamed and archived via or directly from
•    Comcast Sportsnet will air selected races:

  • August 23: 2–4 p.m. (live); 9–11 p.m. (taped)
  • August 24: 2–4 p.m. (live); 9–11 p.m. (taped)
  • August 25: 2–4 p.m. (live); 9:30–11:30 p.m. (taped)
  • August 26: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (live); 6:30–8 p.m. (taped)
  • NBC nat’l pre-recorded broadcast Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•    Don’t miss the ability to livestream user-controllable 3D animations of racing from Virtual Eye via
•    If you see any porpoise, dolphin or whales while you are out, email Golden Gate Cetacean Research biologist Isidore Szczepaniak.

Flawless crew work will be essential within this fleet of world-class sailors.

© Gilles Martin-Raget

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