America’s Cup World Series.

AC45 boats in San Francisco
AC45’s moored off of Marina Green.

When I arrived in San Francisco on Monday I saw signs welcoming the America’s Cup World Series races that were taking place here… this week!  Unfortunately my hotel and meetings were across the bay in Emeryville, so I had no chance of getting a glimpse of the heats and qualifying races that started every day at 2pm and went until about 4pm.  I would have LOVED to see them race, but was going to have to settle for getting a picture of the boats.

We did drive over to the city on Wednesday night, but didn’t make it to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the home marina of the America’s Cup holder Oracle Racing, where the boats were moored.

So today I had a tiny window of time between meetings and the drive to the airport.  I was determined to make it to the waterfront.  So I braved morning traffic and made it to Marina Green and was able to walk up and down the boardwalk about 50 yards from all the boats.

The shot above is a bit into the sun, but it shows all the boats moored in San Francisco Bay.  Alcatraz is in the background.  The boats above are the AC45 (45′ class) boats.   The mainsails are “wing sails”  and they are catamarans.  These World Series races are practice for the America’s Cup Finals racing next summer with even bigger boats.  In February they will introduce the 72′ (AC72) catamarans that will be raced in the Challenger races of the America’s Cup.  If you think these boats are fast, just wait until next year.  The final America’s Cup will be in September 2013 in San Francisco.   If you want to see them in action, NBC will be carrying this Sunday’s final races live on national TV @ 11:30 AM Pacific.  And, you can follow the standings of this week’s races here.

The shot below is a closer picture of the Oracle Racing boats.

Oracle Racing #4 and #5 AC45 boats.

And, a trip to San Francisco would not be complete without the obligatory shot of the Golden Gate Bridge: 🙂

Golden Gate Bridge.


Buena Vista Irish Coffee.

I drove into San Francisco with several colleagues for dinner tonight.   I had fresh Dungeness crab, and after dinner we ordered a round of legendary Irish Coffees at The Buena Vista.  


The restaurant’s website has instructions on how to make one, if you want to try to make one yourself:

Buena Vista Irish Coffee

Fill glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then empty.

Pour hot coffee into hot glass until it is about three-quarters full. Drop in two cocktail sugar cubes.

Stir until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.

Add full jigger of Irish Whiskey for proper taste and body.

Top with a collar of
lightly whipped whipping cream by pouring gently over a spoon.

Enjoy it while piping hot.


Are you going to San Francisco?

Image source: google maps

Why, yes I am.

I’m on my way to San Fran for a week of meetings.  Before I left the house today Monte sang a verse or two of “Are You Going to San Francisco?” (youtube link here).   You know it,  i’m sure…

If you’re going to San Francisco…
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair….

If you’re going to San Francisco…
You’re going to meet some gentle people there…

For those who come to San Francisco…
Summertime will be a love-in there…

Checking my email during the flight I got a note from Monte telling me that the guy that sang that song, Scott McKenzie had died.   R.I.P. Scott.

Kind of a coincidence, i suppose.   Anyway, that song is in my head now for a while.  So, i thought I’d spread it around.

I’m pretty sure I will not run across the summertime love-in on this trip.  Maybe next time.  But I definitely will try to find some flowers to put in my hair.  🙂

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