San Francisco get ready to celebrate the arrival of the Clipper Race fleet as it races from China, crossing the planet’s biggest ocean to reach South Beach Yacht Club, arriving from the 12 April and re-starting the race on the 19 April 2014.
Ocean-lovers, thrill seekers, sports fans, experienced sailors or those just developing their sea legs are welcome to get on board and explore the matched fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts at South Beach Yacht Club on 15, 16, 17 April, between 3pm - 7pm.
If you want to find out more on what its like to race one leg, several of the full circumnavigation come along to a crew recruitment talk, with a host of information and tales from current and past race crew. Recruitment presentations are:
April 11, 2014 at 7pm-9pm, OCSC, Berkley
April 13, 2014 at 5pm – 7pm, South Beach Yacht Club
April 15, 2014 at 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Sports Basements, Bryant Street
Get amongst the action and watch the twelve teams race under the Golden Gate Bridge into the changeable conditions that the remaining global course brings.
Race start day, Saturday 19 April
10am Departure Ceremony, Pier 40
11am Parade of Sail
1pm Race Start
ABOUT THE STOPOVER
It’s a visit the Clipper Race crew will never forget as they sail under the most famous bridge in the world - the Golden Gate Bridge. With its stunning 1.7-mile span, it’s an impressive welcome into the vibrant city of San Francisco and South Beach Yacht Club from the strait of San Francisco Bay.
South Beach waterfront lies on the eastern shoreline. A stone’s throw from the bridge, it has the richest maritime history in the city and is where Clipper ships moved cargo into the vast warehouses.
These have been transformed into luxurious apartments, cafes and restaurants and the district is also the home of the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team at AT&T Park.
Founded in 1988, South Beach Yacht Club is a voluntary-run club with over 550 members and is the second largest club in the city. Sharing the Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s vision of making sailing accessible to all, SBYC is also the home of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors, enabling sailors of all disabilities to get out on the water.
Back during the Gold Rush, San Francisco was a boomtown full of prospectors. San Francisco is renowned for its laidback and welcoming, bohemian reputation. It offers iconic sightseeing, great shopping and entertainment that will guarantee you a good time during your stay.
Why not ride on one of the trolley buses to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, a festive waterfront marketplace that is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Or head for Haight-Ashbury, the focal point of the ‘Summer of Love’ in 1967 and now an eclectic mix of high-end boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
San Francisco Bay is also home to the notorious former prison of Alcatraz, located on an island of the same name for more than 150 years.
For a cultural experience, the city is home to an internationally recognised symphony orchestra, opera and ballet companies and museums of classical and contemporary arts.
The gay capital of America, the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade is the city’s biggest party.
A party town, San Francisco’s nightlife is a constantly changing scene and there is something for everyone from underground hip-hop to rock and Latin music. Jazz, blues, swing and “oldies” music can be found all over town.
The best way to get around is on foot by the city’s signature cable car which has been transporting people since the 19th Century.
Their familiar bells can be heard ringing from blocks away. Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills including down crooked Lombard Street with its well-groomed flower beds.
To venture out of the city, explore California’s famous vineyards such as the Napa Valley, picturesque coastal roads or go off the beaten trail to discover the regions natural wonders, including the popular Yosemite National Park.
Your dining experience in San Francisco will not disappoint. Options range from Moroccan and Russian to organic and vegetarian, fine dining or just the perfect burger. Chocaholics will be in heaven at Ghirardelli Square and in North Beach - the city’s Italian quarter where you’ll find romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops. And Chinatown - the largest outside of China – is not to be missed with 193 eateries to choose from!
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