The Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club-Oracle Team USA
Golden Gate Yacht Club is the home port of Oracle Team USA, the defender of the 34rd America’s Cup, which selected San Francisco for the race. Located on the jetty north of the Marina Green, the Golden Gate Yacht Club was founded in 1939 by a group of enthusiastic sailors and boaters.
The Golden Gate Yacht Club is the sixth trustee and holder of the Cup since 1851 and Oracle Team USA is the only American Challenger to have won since 1987.
An America’s Cup Team must have a yacht club to make the official challenge to race. The Golden Gate Yacht Club has represented Oracle Team USA in the past three America’s Cup competitions and defending the trophy at the 34th America’s Cup, the oldest trophy for international competition in any sport. It’s a symbol of hopes, dreams, and disappointments of those who have competed for it and the ultimate sailing experience. The Golden Gate Yacht Club is the sixth trustee and holder of the Cup since 1851 and Oracle Team USA is the only American Challenger to have won since 1987.
The America’s Cup is undoubtedly sailing’s most prestigious trophy. Norbert Bajurin, Commodore of Golden Gate Yacht Club and Larry Ellison, owner of Oracle Team USA, are determined to win the race and keep the Cup not only in the United States but in San Francisco.
The Louis Vuitton Cup/America’s Cup Challenger Series
Starting this Summer with the AC-72 catamarans on San Francisco Bay, the Louis Vuitton Cup will see challengers from around the globe battle each other for an opportunity to race in the subsequent America’s Cup Finals. The Challengers will have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup to earn the right to race the Defender, ORACLE Team USA, in the 34th America’s Cup. The event kicks off on July 4, 2013 and concludes on September 1, 2013. Christine Belanger, who is in charge of the Louis Vuitton Cup has been living in San Francisco since last August to oversee the organization of the events.
America’s Cup Finals
The America’s Cup Finals will take place September 7-22, 2013 on San Francisco Bay and will pit the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup against the Cup’s Defender, Oracle Team USA. Back in the United States for the first time in almost a decade, the Cup returns in style with exciting new AC-72 boats, a new format for the racing, not only the races will be very close to the shoreline for all the spectators to see up-close, the hi-tech innovated television and web coverage will also take the action to the viewers around the world. For race information, stay tuned to www.Americascup.com
America’s Cup and Golden Gate Bridge.
Christine Belanger of Louis Vuitton Cup
Mark Buell of ACOC, Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and Stephen Barclay of ACEA
Mayor Ed Lee, Mark Buell, Nancy Pelosi and Commodore Norbert Bajurin
Norbert Bajurin with the America’s Cup on display during the Commodore’s Ball
Norbert Bajurin, Commodore of Golden Gate Yacht with Madeleine Bajurin and Olivia Decker
Oracle Team USA practicing AC-72 on San Francisco Bay.