Twenty three TISC students had front-row seats for Race 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals courtesy of the America’s Cup Event Authority. Our team used public transportation and boats to get everyone to Marina Green. Some made it back.
Thank you Kelly Cowden for providing tickets to last Friday’s LVC race between Artemis and Luna Rosa. Thanks also to Chris Childers and Madison Gattis for figuring out the logistics of getting kids, staff, guests and parents to the venue before the event and re-connected after the event. Even real-time glitches in the public transportation system did not prevent our team from pulling off a fun and educational day for all.
The pre-race events included youth racing right in front of the Marina Green bleachers. Following the races the teams were interviewed live – more good training for these young sailors who handled questions on strategy and tactics as easily as a C420 gybe.
Marina Green provides awesome viewing. The “defender access” period (have you been watching “No Second Place“) before races ensures lots of action well in advance of the races.
While our RS Ventures provide exciting planning experience and flying water, there is nothing like seeing AC72s foiling close by. Pictures below are two more examples of the excellent non-stop viewing from Marina Green.
Our kids, staff and guests were glued to the action during the race. The large TV screens on both sides of the Marina Green bleachers give the feeling of being on the boats at all times. Easy access and ring-side seats make this an excellent location for taking in America’s Cup action.
ACEA’s Community Outreach Program managed by Kelly Cowden is focused on exposing as many people in the Bay Area as possible to sailing, especially kids. One of our parent volunteers and a junior instructor took in the Friday race from course-side on the San Francisco Fire Department “Guardian”, also courtesy of Kelly and her team.
Students, instructors and staff gather for a quick “Hi and thank you Americas Cup Community Outreach Program” after Friday’s races at Marina Green. Our team is also very appreciative of the financial support received from ACEA through their generous donation from the rockin’ Sublime concert on August 4th.
As the afternoon came to an end, some kids met parents in San Francisco after the races. Others did make it back to TISC in two of our safety boats. AC72 viewing continued as Oracle Team USA boats continued their practice session.
Treasure Island Sailing Center is working with thirty plus outreach partners to provide positive life experiences on the bay for kids in the Bay Area. The support from the America’s Cup Community Outreach program is greatly appreciated.
Regards from Marina Green, Dave G