Korean America’s Cup Team Capsizes In SF Bay During Practice Run
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A Korean team preparing for a preliminary race ahead of the America’s Cup capsized in San Francisco Bay Saturday.
The incident was caught on camera by a Chinese team that was trailing the Koreans as they attempted to pass France’s Team Energy just off shore from Fort Mason.
Race organizers said on Facebook that all crew members and the ship itself were safely recovered.
The wipe-out occurred as crews prepared for the AC World Series San Francisco this Wednesday. The America’s Cup Race Village opens at Marina Green Tuesday, and boats will again be out on the Bay practicing, according to race officials.
The races, which run through Sunday, will involve 45-foot vessels, while the America’s Cup Finals in September 2013 will feature larger 72-foot boats.
Bleacher seating at the Marina Green will be free during Tuesday’s practice, but will require tickets during the races. Bleacher tickets have sold out for the races on Friday through Sunday but were still available for Wednesday’s and Thursday’s events at $25 per seat.
The race village at Marina Green will feature a large screen broadcasting the action, as well as a public stage for pre- and post-race presentations involving the sailors.
It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Saturday, when it will stay open until 8 p.m. A free concert by the band Dr. Dog is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday at the race village.
Races will start each day at 2:05 p.m. except for Sunday, when they will begin at 11:45 a.m.
The America’s Cup World Series will return to San Francisco again from Oct. 2-7 before heading to Italy in April and May 2013.
The regatta will then return to San Francisco for the Louis Vuitton Cup between July 4 and Sept. 1, 2013, followed by the America’s Cup Finals from Sept. 7-22, 2013.
More information about the races is available at www.americascup.com.
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