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Guide: America’s Cup

Watch the world’s best sailors race at top speeds. The America’s Cup is happening now, right in our Bay—and it’s the closest the audience has ever been to the action. Here’s when and where to watch.


Gilles Martin-Raget


July 7–August 30: Louis Vuitton Cup

This race determines who will go up against defending champ Oracle Team USA in the finals.

September 1–4: Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Ten teams of young sailors, ages 19 to 24, take to the course in the inaugural youth cup.

September 7–21: America’s Cup Finals

The big final showdown on the Bay. For the full race schedule, visit americascup.com.

Where to Watch

America’s Cup Park: Head to piers 27/29 for free viewing, exhibits, a kids’ zone, and programming such as athlete interviews and autograph sessions. During race days, the 9,000-seat pavilion will have live footage on the big screen along with commentary.

America’s Cup Village at Marina Green: Farther down the waterfront, this location offers free bleacher seats along with various paid seating and private chalet options. An interactive Fan Zone includes exhibits, a digital boathouse, and a sail hoist.

Pier 39 garage rooftop: This parking garage offers fantastic views of the Bay and will be transformed for the finals into a viewing deck, with lounge seating, gourmet catering, and live commentary. Tickets are $300.

On the water: Several companies offer views from the water, including Blue and Gold Fleet and the historic presidential yacht, the USS Potomac. Prices can be steep (starting at $45–$720 per person), but you can’t get much closer to the action.

S.F. bars and restaurants: The America’s Cup Sports Bar overlooking the harbor at Pier 27 is the place to be, with seasonal cocktails, beers on tap, and Napa Valley wines served up in a space designed with repurposed racing boat parts. Other destinations with a view include Greens Restaurant, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar, Chaya Brasserie, and Hi Dive.

At home: Don’t want to venture into the City by the Bay? Catch the broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California, YouTube, NBC Sports, and NBC.

Schedule at americascup.com/en/about/broadcast.

While You’re There

In addition to the waterfront concert series at America’s Cup Pavilion, which continues through summer with Train and Sammy Hagar, among others, venture out to Cal Academy of Sciences. In its Built for Speed exhibit, learn about the cheetahs of the ocean, and view a replica of the America’s Cup AC45 hanging from the ceiling. calacademy.org/built-for-speed.


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