San Francisco is buzzing with talk about the America’s Cup, and the first events are setting sail in the Bay Area in August. But what will it all really mean for the city? Join a conversation with experts involved in planning the Cup, separate fact from fiction, learn about past races and how next year’s America’s Cup race will get underway here in the Bay Area.
Mark Buell is head of the America's Cup Organizing Committee and the Rec and Park Commission and The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
John Diaz is the Editorial page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Tom Ehman is GGYC Vice Commodore, Managing Director of the GGYC America's Cup Committee & Exec. Director of America's Cup Properties, Inc.
Mike Martin is Director of Umpiring and Rules Administration of the 34th America's Cup by America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).
Most prestigious trophy in international yachting competition. First offered under another name in Britain in 1851, the cup was won easily by the America from New York and subsequently became known as the America's Cup. The America's Cup race, held about every four years, is between one defending vessel and one challenging vessel; each must be designed and built in the country it represents. The 22.6-mi (36.4-km) racecourse is divided into eight legs. The U.S. completely dominated the competition until 1983, when it was defeated by Australia. New Zealand won the Cup in 1995 and retained it in 2000 by defeating a challenger from Italy in the first competition without a U.S. participant.