Excitement building in San Diego

San Diego © Gilles Martin-Raget


There is one month to go to the America's Cup World Series in San Diego, and excitement is building in the city.

JJ Fetter, a native of San Diego, a former America's Cup sailor with America3 in 1995, and a member of the local organizing committee, SEA San Diego, says she can already feel enthusiasm building.

"One thing that's been fun for me is seeing the reactions of people in the city who know about sailing," she says. "Most of them assume the racing is going to take place miles offshore, and the teams will be spread out all over the city in bases behind big walls, like they were when the Cup was here in the 90s.

"But when people hear what it's going to be like, with racing right inside the Bay, just a few yards from shore, they become incredibly excited. People are getting pumped!"

The race course for the America's Cup World Series will be squeezed within the confines of San Diego Bay. Spectators will be able to watch from the AC Village along Harbor Drive as well as along the waterfront at Harbor Island.

"We have such a great venue for watching," Fetter says. "And there's so much to see, much more than just the racing. It's fun to watch the preparation each day, to see the teams getting the wing lifted with the crane and then to put the boats in the water. The whole scene in the race village is going to be great. And for the racing, anywhere along the waterfront, or Harbour Island, is going to be a fantastic place to watch from."

In addition to the sporting action, the AC Village will be a hub for a variety of activities and entertainment options, including live music.

The America's Cup World Series - San Diego runs from November 12-20.

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