Friday’s activities begin off Pier 14, at 11:00 am, with the ceremonial Parade of Boats, led by a fire boat from the San Francisco Fire Department.
The prototype and current America’s Cup designs will be represented in the fleet parade, with a replica of the schooner America, the winning yacht in 1851 for which the America’s Cup is named, alongside the AC72s of today.
The parade of more than 40 boats, which will also feature race management vessels, passes the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, and continues along past Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Fort Mason before concluding off the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, at approximately 11:45 am.
The America’s Cup crews will then show off the speed potential of the AC72s in time trials beginning at approximately 12:15 pm. Weather conditions permitting, the teams are expected to sail the five-leg America’s Cup course, starting at 10-minute intervals. The course starts off the Golden Gate Yacht Club and finishes off the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29.
Fans can view the action on the video big screen in the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, or from multiple vantage points along San Francisco Bay, including the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green.
On race day afternoons throughout the Summer of Racing, the America’s Cup Pavilion stage will showcase local performing artists free to the public. The Opening Weekend features five local bands with the first of these performances on Friday, July 5, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
The headliner act is New Diplomat, an American Alternative – Electronic Rock band. Featuring members from around the world, the band formed in 2010 and has since gathered a significant following, blending a combination of alt rock, indie pop and electronic music.
The opening act is The Five Hundreds, a San Francisco-based classic rock band that plays a mix of well-crafted original songs and high-energy rock and roll covers. And more local acts will be featured in the America’s Cup Pavilion over the first week of activities.