From John Cole
Published on October 10th, 2012
I traveled to San Francisco and was at Piers 30-32 on Thursday (10-4-12) to catch a charter and watch the match racing on the water for the morning. I decided to head over to the Marina Green for the afternoon racing. Over 10 cabs turned me down to take me to the Marina district. I had to hoof it to a major hotel to find a cab. No big deal but a pain for one guy, and I suspect a huge pain if you have a volume of people from out of town with no vehicles. There is no parking in the Marina district to speak of.
On the water I was with 50 non sailors. We need to educate non sailors about how the race works. They all enjoyed watching but needed the commentary to keep them on track.
One other note – there is no food in AC village. A hot dog stand would make a killing. Better yet have some good food. There are not many close restaurants. The wine bars were nice. The Marina Green is ideal for watching the race because it’s relaxed and right in front of the finish line. With the use of the AC app you can keep in touch with the race and enjoy the finish.
We spent a lot of money for a trip to SF. I have not been there in 40 years. The organizers need to get it dialed in a little but they have a real opportunity. The staff that ran the village were really good. They should be commended.