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Fray on the Bay

San Francisco is hosting the America’s Cup for the first time in the history of the storied competition. Big winds, big catamarans, big crowds — it should be some spectacle

When the America’s Cup comes to San Francisco, so will an estimated 2.6 million more tourists than the city welcomes in a typical year. One of the longest-running international sporting events, the 11-week America’s Cup is also one of the largest — third only to World Cup soccer and the Olympics, as far as economic impact goes.

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San Fran lay lines

The San Francisco and Oakland international airports are the same distance from the America’s Cup Village and park: 13 miles as the crow flies. Public transportation options, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit, mean it’s not necessary to rent a car.

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Be a Cup rock star for a day

ACSailingSF will put you aboard Oracle Racing's IACC yacht from its 2003 challenge.We’ve come a long way from the days of Sir Thomas Lipton, poised at the helm of Shamrock in a suit and perky bow tie. The latest generation of America’s Cup yachts requires helmets and body armor and an unprecedented level of athleticism — and guts — from sailors competing aboard these high-tech racing machines.

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The photographer of the early years

Peter Barlow’s images of boats — under sail, in repose, radiating the grace and beauty that first drew the young photographer to the water — were among the earliest to appear in Soundings, evoking the harmonious meeting of wind, water and boat.
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The Smart Buyer: Hiring a Captain to Move Your Boat

Ken Appleton is president of the Chesapeake Area Captains Association (CAPCA) and a retired Coast Guard captain who spent 26 years on active duty.There may come a time when you must hire someone to move your boat. There is no law that requires you to use a Coast Guard-licensed captain to do this, although your insurance company may.

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