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Thursday, March 15, 2012

America's Cup: "Guests" to Be on Boats -- for a Price

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Groucho, for one, would never be a "guest" on a boat that would accept him
  • Groucho, for one, would never be a "guest" on a boat that would accept him

The high drama of the the America's Cup rollout -- Imploded deals! Lawsuits! Hardly anyone participating! -- has obscured one of the zanier aspects of the forthcoming race. Each of the 13-story AC72 catamarans will be mandated to carry a "guest racer" --  a tourist, essentially, who will be on the boat, during the race.

Up for it? There are two quick requirements -- you can't weigh more than 100 kilograms (220.5 pounds). And you've gotta kick down metric shitloads of money.

Asked just how much scratch it would cost to plant one's (sub-221-pound) derriere on a racing AC72, an America's Cup official declined to name an exact dollar figure. Rather, you -- or your beneficiaries -- will have to "do business" with the folks in charge of lining up race sponsorships -- "significant business."

Racing fans with mad money to burn cannot sit alongside Tony Stewart. Football aficionados cannot hitch a piggyback ride on Randy Moss (though Niners fans may speculate someone is doing just that -- if the 35-year-old receiver navigates lethargically this season). Sailing nuts, however, can, literally, get in the game.

After being informed of the possibility of buying one's way onto the boat, a recent gathering of marine professionals were then shown a five-minute film of intimidatingly large catamarans capsizing, colliding, and even flipping forward, sending crew members -- and, perhaps, "guests" -- hurtling into the sea.

How much do we have to pay to stay off the boat?

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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