World Class racing is coming to San Francisco this summer, and the Presidential Yacht Potomac will be on the front lines for this historic event. Come join us on our public cruises set for Sunday, July 14, Saturdays, July 20, August 17 and August 24, where we will have special, flagged access to the race course perimeter. You can order tickets by calling 510-627-1215 or at TICKETWEB.
“America’s Cup racing has officially arrived in San Francisco - the host city of the 34th America’s Cup. In addition to being the oldest trophy in international sport - predating the modern Olympics by 45 years - the America’s Cup is, by a considerable margin, also the toughest to win. In over 160 years of history, only four nations have captured the Cup. But despite its age, the America’s Cup has always been at the cutting edge of technology, from the design and build of the boats, to advanced communication equipment, like performance data sunglasses featuring a heads-up display.
The 2013 America’s Cup continues on that path, but at breakneck speed. The boats are wing-sailed catamarans, capable of sailing at twice the wind speed. Sailing fast is easy, maintaining control is critical, and the physical challenge imposed on the athletes is immense. The AC72 catamarans in the 34th America’s Cup exceed speeds of 40 knots (46mph/75kph).
In short, the 34th America’s Cup is intense, exciting and mesmerizing with the best sailors in the world racing the fastest boats on the planet.”
Source: AMERICA'S CUP.COM
President Franklin Roosevelt was a passionate amateur sailor, and took four days out of his very busy schedule, as President in 1934, to be able to follow and support the first races of the 15th America’s Cup challenge race in Newport, RI. Again, in 1937 FDR threw his support behind the defense of the 16th America’s Cup, which was dominated by the ‘Super J’ Ranger. For the 2013 America’s Cup, the Potomac is proud to be designated as both an Official Stake Boat and an Official Support Boat. and will be positioned “up close and personal” with the races.