San Francisco is proud to host the 2013 America’s Cup, the most prestigious contest in the world of yacht racing. North of San Francisco, Marin County offers panoramic views of the match race course and the convivial atmosphere of waterfront communities that revere nautical traditions.
Tiburon, located directly across from San Francisco’s Marina district, is the official home of the USA 45 America’s Cup team. The compact downtown features America’s Cup decorations and posters at every turn. On August 15, the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon will be hosting a special evening event for America’s Cup enthusiasts. Called “Set Sail for Adventure,” the event will present the documentary “America’s Cup: 150 Years in the Making.” Filmmaker PJ Panzica and the USA 45 Racing Team will answer audience questions and build anticipation for the start of the 2013 America’s Cup this September. The $45 program fee is well worth paying just to see this historic yacht club, which is rarely open to the public.
Tiburon is easy to reach by ferry from San Francisco. There are excellent viewpoints to see the yacht races themselves a pleasant walk from the ferry landing. The historic landmark “Old Saint Hilary’s Church” is located above a series of steps behind the local landmark, the Tiburon Lodge. The entire match race course if visible from the surrounding nature preserve, affording a dramatic view of San Francisco’s hills and skyline in the background. Two waterfront restaurants, “Sam’s” and “Guymas” also offer outdoor dining with a good view of practice runs and races on the bay.
The short ferry trip from Tiburon to Angel Island, a nature reserve located between Marin County and San Francisco, presents another scenic choice to see the world’s fastest sailing ships compete against the backdrop of the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. Hiking trails on the western side of the island provide many of the best viewing and photography choices for the America’s Cup races.
Tiburon has earned the distinction of being the most expensive city in America. Two bedroom condominiums cost $1.7 million. But there are budget friendly alternatives. The Tiburon Lodge has a few overnight packages starting at $ 139 per night. And the Jack London Square area in Oakland-Alameda has many modest hostelries under $100 per night. Visitors can take ferries from Jack London Square to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal and connect there to Tiburon – while enjoying some of the best scenery on San Francisco Bay.