America's Cup Boats Arrive at Svendsen's

Dennis Evanosky

Svendsen's Boat Works Vice President Sean Svendsen shows off one of the "mark boats" that will be used during the World Series and America's Cup competition. Svendsen's also accepted delivery of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that will take to the waters during the upcoming competition.

The America's Cup is not coming to the Bay Area — it has arrived. Rigid bottom inflatable boats (RIBs) and "mark boats" for use during this year's America's Cup World Series and next year's America's Cup races recently arrived at Svendsen's Boat Works on the Oakland Estuary.

"This signifies a ramp-up in preparation for the first racing events on the San Francisco Bay of the 34th America's Cup, the America's Cup World Series, a two-part event to be held on Aug. 21–26, and Oct. 2–7," said Svendsen Boat Works vice-president Sean Svendsen. "The RIBs offloaded by Svendsen's will be used by teams from all over the world, including New Zealand, Italy and Korea."

Race organizers will use the RIBs as race-management boats and the mark boats as race-course turning marks.

Mark boats set the turning marks for the race, allowing the race directors to move the marks as needed to adjust to changes in wind speed and direction over the course and have a finish line that is different from the starting line.

Svendsen's will provide ongoing vessel and trailer storage for the boats when not in use.

The arrival of these boats marks Svendsen's second Cup-related project in two months.

In June, eight "Sunsail First 40" yachts arrived on an inbound freighter. The yachts were offloaded at Pier 80 in San Francisco and traveled by water to Svendsen's so the company could install new masts and rigging to make the boats charter- ready.

The America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup — which goes to the winner of America's Cup Challenger Selection Series — and the America's Cup Finals make up the competition for the coveted cup.

The World Series, which will take place Aug. 21 to 26 and Oct. 2 to 7, is not the finals for the Cup, Svendsen said. This World Series is a circuit of regattas that allows racing teams to prepare for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup finals.

The World Series has already brought America's Cup racing to places around the world. In 2011 races were held in Portugal, the United Kingdom and here in the U.S. The 2012 races have already entertained fans in Italy and at Newport Beach, Rhode Island. Now the World Series is coming to San Francisco and Alameda is getting ready.

The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, will be held in San Francisco beginning the Fourth of July and ending Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

The Louis Vuitton Cup winner will face the defending cup holder Oracle Team USA from San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club in the America's Cup Finals, which takes place from Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, through Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.


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