America’s Cup center of attraction at Strictly Sail Pacific

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The oldest trophy international sport was a glittering exhibit at Oakland’s Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show. The America’s Cup was on display in Jack London Square for two of the four days of the West Coast’s largest all- sailboat show.

The thousands of visitors were able see to the iconic trophy in person and participate in a full range of America’s Cup activities.

In the seminar series, Principal Race Officer John Craig talked about the upcoming Summer of Racing, which runs on San Francisco Bay July-September.

Twelve-time America’s Cup participant Tom Schnackenberg of Artemis Racing talked about speed and performance.

“Schnack” has been involved in many firsts in the sport including designing the sails for the first-ever challenger to win the America’s Cup (Australia II in 1983) and coordinating the designs of NZL-32 and NZL-60 when Team New Zealand become the first challenger to win and then successfully defend the trophy.

Strictly Sail Pacific On Friday, SailSFBay and the America’s Cup organized an outing for 50 disadvantaged youngsters from Bay Area schools to clamber around on a variety of boats including the America’s Cup Class yacht USA-76.


The America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project carried out its 14th Beach Clean-Up in the Bay Area with 600 pounds of garbage removed.

The kids got into the act, too. On Friday, SailSFBay and the America’s Cup organized an outing for 50 disadvantaged youngsters from Bay Area schools to clamber around on a variety of boats including the America’s Cup Class yacht USA-76. For many of the kids, it was their first opportunity to get afloat. Some of them were able to feel what a sailboat powered by the wind felt like, going out with members of Encinal Yacht Club’s high school sailing team.

A day of new experiences and fun learning was rounded-off when AC Uncut host Genny Tulloch introduced the kids to sailors from American Youth Sailing Force, an entrant in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and ACEA representative Jill McCarthy, who talked about the importance of healthy oceans.