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From the Boathouse: A media man at America's Cup

August 08, 2013|By Mike Whitehead

Ahoy!

What a busy nautical schedule I have plotted on my chart, and my first waypoint on Friday is San Francisco.

I will be flying, not boating, to the America's Cup media center, located in the center of the racing at the America's Cup Park at San Francisco's Pier 27. The media center is inside the newly built cruise ship terminal. Support services include conference rooms, interview rooms, lounge areas, WiFi Internet and service teams to help wayward media professionals like me.

I will be attending Race 3 out of potentially seven races of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinal rounds. The Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and Artemis Racing are in the semifinals, and both are vying for the one open spot in the finals to compete against Emirates Team New Zealand. The winner of the finals will be challenging the Oracle Team USA for the distinguished America's Cup trophy.

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The first race day for the semifinals was Tuesday. Luna Rossa Challenge crossed the finish line first, two minutes before Artemis Racing. Luna Rossa's skipper, Max Sirena, and his crew completed the 15.38-nautical mile course with the winds averaging 16 knots across the bay during the race. However, the semi's are going to be very exciting, especially at the beginning of the series, since each team will be out for blood. Wednesday will have held Race 2 of the semifinal round.

After the exciting day in San Francisco that evening, I will immediately fly south to my next waypoint at the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club for racing on Saturday and Sunday. This is the last sailing race series of the season. The Championship Series consists of three weekends and nine races to conclude the fabulous summer racing series.

I will be sailing with my teammates, Kurt Zimmerman, who is the owner and skipper, and Annie Keller, who works the forward position, and I will take my seat in the middle working the multiple lines. The three of us sail great together aboard the orange-colored C-Scow No. 911, also known as Yacht Rod. Motor heads will see the play on words, yet we are on the water.

Lastly, I have an update to my column last week about the yacht delivery services of Dockwise Yacht Transport. Catalina Bujor, the marketing officer for Dockwise, sent me an email explaining a change in the ports of call.

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