The America's Cup has already begun for San Francisco with the arrival of rigid-hull inflatable boats and “mark boats” that will be used during this year’s World Series and next year’s races.
The vessels arrived at Svendsen’s Boat Works on the Oakland Estuary, according to the Alameda (Calif.) Sun.
"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," Svendsen Boat Works vice president Sean Svendsen told the newspaper. "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 racecourse 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 they’re not in use.
In June, eight Sunsail First 40 yachts arrived on an inbound freighter. The yachts were offloaded at Pier 80 in San Francisco, and they 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 in August and October 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.