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Woman On The Water – San Francisco America’s Cup Organizer Kyri Mcclellan

Bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco takes a lot of work—and Kyri McClellan is the perfect woman for the job. She took control of the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee in April 2011, leaving her post as project manager in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office. There, she was involved in the 2016 Olympic Bid, the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, and was the and day-to-day project manager for the America’s Cup bid in 2010.

Now, she spends her days strategizing with city officials, delivering all the amazing and exciting news that the America’s Cup has to offer, and balancing her time at the helm of the world famous sailing races.

6:30 am Breakfast with the boys (ages 3 and 7), only meal I can guarantee we will all be under one roof for daily.

7:45 am hustle to get to ferry from Larkspur to SF. 9:30 am Meet with Christine Belanger, head of the Louis Vuitton Cup, about next summer’s exhibitions and events.

10:30 am Planning call with City’s America’s Cup project team on implementing legacy benefits for the community youth, sustainability programs and waterfront improvements.

Noon Host lunch meeting and strategy session with ACOC Board member and generous donor Wendy Schmidt on how to raise the bar and expectations for delivering a zero waste and carbon-neutral international sporting event.

2:00 pm Dock out on the ACOC Protector— a high speed chase boat—with donors and prospects to shadow Artemis and ORACLE Team USA training in their 72 foot and 45 foot AC catamarans. Kyri McClellan is the person behind all the Am erica’s Cup action

She spends her days strategizing with city officials, delivering all the amazing and exciting news that the America’s Cup has to offer, and balancing her time at the helm of the world famous sailing races.

3:30 pm Return calls and emails from desk—standing, there is literally no time to sit down on this sprint. (I work from a standing desk…)

4:30 pm Exchange texts with ORACLE Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill about who’s had a more grueling day…he usually wins.

5 pm Pinch myself, another day working on San Francisco’s America’s Cup, delivering legacy and local benefits for our community, a gift for a girl from the valley.

6:00 pm Attend San Francisco’s Junior League’s 100th anniversary celebration. League gave me my training… couldn’t do this gig without the skill set they taught me.

8:00 pm Read my youngest his favorite Richard Scarry book.

9:00 pm Final pass at email/texts before glass of wine with husband. Tuck the boys in and then pass out!

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014