San Diego Corporate group heading out for team building
Friday 27th saw yet another corporate group getting into some America’s Cup racing with us as a very unique way to get employees and business partners together. A local San Diego high tech networking company enjoyed a picture perfect San Diego day to take 30 folks out on both yachts ‘Stars & Stripes’ and ‘Abracadabra’. A quick box lunch at the dock set the scene for a few beers loaded on board and two groups of 15 per yacht heading out to learn a little about sailing, but more importantly to spend quality time together in an active, hands-on environment.
The great thing about ‘sailing’ for a team building exercise is that you have a “captive audience”. Guests are contained…as such….in a working environment that they cannot leave. This essentially forces folks to spend time together, get to know each other better and the like.
Corporate guests on America’s Cup yacht ‘Abracadabra’ listening in to the Captain’s introduction
On yet another day of wind delays and “one race only” conditions, the ‘Oracle Team USA’ defenders kept the battle alive for yet another chance to catch up and retain the America’s Cup. Viewers around the world are becoming more and more stunned that the US team is reeling in that 7 race deficit to be now just 2 races behind in this scramble to see who is first to 9 wins. The challenging Kiwi team, “Emirates Team New Zealand” may also be a little stunned right now, being on ‘match point’ for the last 6 days and still unable to get that single win to take the ‘cup’. Supporters of both teams are stunned…..but each for very different reasons. The battle continues today on NBC Sports at 1:15 pm Pacific time and replayed on the America’s Cup official YouTube channel this evening.
USA & NZ in a head to head battle
What can the ‘Oracle Team USA’ do today?
Oracle Team USA on San Francisco Bay
Wave that flag America…….the USA team are hanging in there….another victory today in very mixed conditions with a lot of lady luck thrown in. Our ‘America’ yacht was on the course edge for all the action. The ‘Oracle Team USA’ still has a big hill to climb, down 8 races to 3 but with momentum in their favor. If you are interested you can see the replay of today’s win on the America’s Cup You Tube Channel.
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup starts on Sunday 1st and provides outstanding entertainment through Wednesday 4th. This event is the ‘fleet racing” that is ever so entertaining. This is 10 high speed, high tech, wing sail catamarans riding the edge of technology, the edge of safety, the edge of their yachts and crewed by young and ambitious 19 to 24 year old hand selected sailors…….on the edge of their seats. You too will be on the edge of your seat on our beautiful yacht ‘America’ as you root for these 10 international teams flying up and down San Francisco Bay…..twice each day.
One of 10 international Red Bull Youth America’s cup teams
Read all about this great event here; http://www.americascup.com/en/news/3/news/17732/red-bull-youth-americas-cup-coverage-extends-around-the-world
PLUS……as soon as the 2 Red Bull races are over the course is kept open for the “Oracle Team USA” defender team and the ‘Emirates Team New zealand” challenger to do their final practice sessions on the official race course.
THEN…..we’ll take you sailing on the mighty ‘America’. These will be huge days!
The America’ will be sailing to watch this fantastic racing on September 1, 2 & 3.
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Once again Riviera Magazine hosted their VIP advertisers and fashion moguls on the yacht ‘America’ for a pre-party sail on San Diego Bay. Fifty of their elite 200 person invite list got to enjoy lovely food from Justin Fitzgerald’s “Authentic Flavors” catering and ‘sexy’ drinks from “Snake Oil Cocktail Company” as they cruised the bay for several hours. It was a perfect atmosphere leading up to the bigger party at the University Club.
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Sunday 15th was a busy day. Not only was the ‘America’ front & center at the main dock of the San Diego Yacht Club for ‘opening day’, but then had to rush back to our own dock to entertain 72 international guests from networking giant ‘Cisco’. These folks enjoyed a perfect sunny afternoon and early evening with lots to drink, light snacks and amazing atmosphere on board the ‘America’ in San Diego.