America’s Cup Action Like a Trip to the Movies


Yesterday was the most dramatic yet in the America’s Cup Finals taking place this month on San Francisco Bay.

As the New Zealand Herald put it, “It could have been the end. Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsized during a tack–teetering on the edge of disaster–in Race 8 of the America’s Cup.”

Those watching the race on screen at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex yesterday were on the edge of their seats during that moment in Race 8.

“We all know what happens when one of these AC72 catamarans drops into San Francisco Bay–and it isn’t pretty, ” the article continued. “It’s happened twice and both boats broke up. A man died.”

This, of course, was Andrew “Bart” Simpson of the Alameda-based Team Artemis of Sweden, which finished up racing several weeks ago.

A flip most likely would have put an end to Team New Zealand’s effort in the America’s Cup. The group leads Oracle Team USA by 6-0, since the U.S. team had two penalties to overcome due to a cheating scandal related to an earlier series.

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex opens one theater to the community with freeing viewing of the Cup on the nice, wide screen on races days, and today’s action–which starts at 1 p.m.–will be closely watched by sailing by many fans worldwide.

Yesterday, there was a crowd of about 75 community members, many of whom are members of the local sailing scene. And there were plenty of seats for more viewers. Stop on by to enjoy the excitement.

(More races are set for Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 17 & 19.)

Janet Levaux