America's Cup schedule and season tickets
The calendar for America's Cup racing in San Francisco has been released, culminating with the America’s Cup Finals over 7-21 September, when the defender Oracle Team USA, will face the winner of the challenger selection series, the Louis Vuitton Cup.
For the 34th America's Cup winning the trophy will require victory in an unprecedented nine races, about the wing-powered AC72 catamarans in San Francisco Bay.
The season begins with an opening day on 4 July before racing starts in the Louis Vuitton Cup. The finals for the Louis Vuitton Cup begin on 17 August. The first team to win seven races will become the challenger and advance to race Oracle Team USA for the America’s Cup.
Between the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup, there will be a glimpse of the future when the best young sailors in the world will compete in AC45 catamarans at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup over 1-4 September. At least 10 national teams of sailors, aged 19-24, will be racing in this new event designed to create a pathway towards competing in the America’s Cup.
2013 Schedule – Highlights
July 4: Opening Day
July 5: Fleet racing – all Challengers and the Defender
July 7: First day of racing, Louis Vuitton Cup (America’s Cup Challenger Series)
August 17: First day of racing Louis Vuitton Cup Finals
September 1-4: Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
September 7-21: America’s Cup Finals
September 9,11,13 – Superyacht Regatta
The full schedule is available here
Season tickets for the America’s Cup racing go on sale this Saturday, giving race fans the first opportunity to guarantee their place in the best seats on the Bay. The America’s Cup Season Pass includes a ticket to bleacher seating in a prime waterfront location at the America’s Cup Village, with an elevated, seated and close-up view of the race start and the top turning marks of the course.
A full list of seating options will be released in early March, including the opportunity to select seating in the America’s Cup Village at either Marina Green or on the Peninsula. With tickets to these prime viewing locations selling out in 2012, the America’s Cup Season Pass is the best way for fans to guarantee a seat to see all of the on-water action.
Prices for the Season Pass start at US$999.00 with a US$100, non-refundable deposit, guaranteeing seats.