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September 6, 2013

The America's Cup Finals in SF

**Guest Blog Post by the team at America's Cup

America's Cup: September Showdown

 On Saturday September 7th, the September Showdown for one of the most iconic prizes in sport commences. Emirates Team New Zealand, the Louis Vuitton Cup champions, will battle the home team, Oracle Team USA, for the America’s Cup. The highly anticipated Finals begin on Saturday with two races per day every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in September, until one team scores 9 points. 

Louis Vuitton & the America's Cup:

Earlier this summer, Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge and Sweden’s Artemis Racing to win the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup. To celebrate this momentous 30th anniversary, the brand has opened a temporary pop-up shop on Pier 27, in addition to its store in Union Square. The store features an extensive assortment of exclusive product from the Louis Vuitton Cup Collection, including the limited edition Louis Vuitton San Francisco Neverfull Tote.


Where to watch:

 Viewing is free to the public all along the waterfront from the start just off Marina Green to the finish line at Piers 27/29. The America’s Cup Park at Piers 27/29 and the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green offer prime viewing spots to watch the races, as well as provide activities fun for the whole family. 

The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, is the newest free public access park along San Francisco’s Embarcadero, open daily through the summer. The America’s Cup Park hosts a wide range of activities including informative pre-race dock-out shows, athlete interviews, and autograph sessions with the athletes.

The America’s Cup Village, on Marina Green, is open to the public on Race Days, with free admission. Two areas distinguish the America’s Cup Village — Marina Green and the Yacht Club Peninsula, and both provide spectacular views of the start line and the first marks.

A little history on the 162-year-old competition:

The America’s Cup is named after the schooner America, which won a race around England’s Isle of Wight on August 22, 1851, against a fleet of British yachts. The America’s Cup is sailing’s pinnacle event and the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympics by 45 years.

Four nations have won the America’s Cup in its 162-year history: the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, in February 2010, and selected San Francisco as the host city for the 34th America’s Cup.

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