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A Cup of Caen: Smaller Boats, Bigger Cup

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.26.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

This year's Cup was one of the best for a very simple reason: it came down the most talented sailors, racing on the fastest boats, on the best patch of water in the world. I can't wait to see it again.

LOOK: Unbelievable Photos From The America's Cup

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.27.2013 | Sports

Oracle Team USA did the unthinkable on Wednesday, pulling off the greatest comeback in the 162-year history of the America's Cup. Miraculously rec...

Racing on the Bay: An America's Cup Sailor Ahead of His Time

Tim Wendel | Posted 11.26.2013 | Sports
Tim Wendel

When Oracle Team USA crossed the finish line on Wednesday, culminating the most improbable comeback in America's Cup yachting history, somewhere Tom Blackaller had to be smiling.

A Cup of Caen: Yelling at the Television

Christopher Caen | Posted 11.23.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

So how did I find myself in a crowded bar that burst into applause every time the American boat spun around a turning mark in first place? I think a few things have transpired over the last month to pull off this miracle.

A Cup of Caen: Now We Have a Cup

Christopher Caen | Posted 11.18.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

With an odd combination of an American defender that is finding new boat speed at the eleventh hour, and Mother Nature cranking the wind up and canceling several races, the America's Cup is still going on here in the City by the Bay.

It's Not Too Late! 9 Free Ways to Watch America's Cup | Posted 11.06.2013 | San Francisco

It's finally here. After much planning and anticipation, America's Cup has set sail on the San Francisco Bay. In its more than 150 years of existence,...

A Cup of Caen: What Would Whidden Do?

Christopher Caen | Posted 11.12.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Assigning blame for Oracle's missteps has led to the termination of the team's tactician and over the last several days we have heard more than we ever wanted to about "tacticians." How much can a tactician influence a race?

6 Unorthodox Reasons to Attend America's Cup in San Francisco

Lanee Lee | Posted 11.10.2013 | Travel
Lanee Lee

Since I'm not particularly into the art of sailing, when I went during the Louis Vuitton's Cup (preliminary races), I discovered plenty of other entertaining aspects. Here are six quirky reasons to head to San Francisco to watch an America's Cup race.

Cup of Caen: Follow the Money

Christopher Caen | Posted 11.04.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Why go through all the effort to embarrass Oracle in this fashion on the eve of the Cup races? One possible answer may surprise you, but what will not surprise you is that it involves that age-old motivation: money.

A Cup of Caen: Losing Is Sometimes Winning

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.26.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Yesterday, Luna Rossa, the Italian team in this year's America's Cup, finally bowed to the inevitable. Overwhelmed by the superior speed of the New Zealand boat, the Italians were eliminated on a foggy San Francisco Bay.

A Cup of Caen: Building the Box

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.19.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

The Cup has to share the Bay with boaters, ferries, commercial shipping, and the occasional wayward shark. So every morning, there is a frenzied assault on the city's waterfront to take a patch of water and turn it into "the box," the racecourse and its boundary.

A Cup of Caen: Tomorrow's Sailors Today

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.13.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Groups representing Australia, Germany, France, Portugal and Switzerland were there in their gear, ready to sail. I for one cannot wait for them to hit the water and battle it out in their high-tech catamarans for the America's Cup. Well, not THAT America's Cup.

A Cup of Caen: The Spying Game

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.06.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

One of the glorious aspects of the America's Cup is that, along with everything else (location, boats, etc.) that has to be decided every go around, the teams get together and decide the proper way to spy.

A Cup of Caen: A Day with Oracle

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.28.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Despite all the America's Cup controversies, once on the boats, all the noise disappears and is replaced by a new noise -- that of a catamaran going so fast it feels like you're sticking your head out of a car on the freeway.

'You Know Someone Can Get Hurt -- And You're Drawn To It'

San Jose Mercury News | By Julia Prodis Sulek | Posted 09.21.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO --The America's Cup "summer of racing" may have gotten off to a bumbling and controversial start, but on a windy day in the bay Sunday, ...

A Cup of Caen: Surfers, Snowboarders and a Garage

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.18.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

I loved the fact that you could sail a leg once, and then the next time the weather and San Francisco Bay had completely changed it without telling you. And I loved the bluffing and blustering of fifteen boats all trying to hit the starting line at the same time.

A Cup of Caen: Hand to Hand Combat

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.11.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Tomorrow we are going to have an honest to goodness, we are not kidding here, America's Cup race. You know, with two boats. Both on the course at the same time. Actually racing each other. I know, it boggles the imagination.

A Cup of Caen: Opening Day By the Bay

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.08.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

This was the Cup that we all want to see, the top sailors in the world racing the best boats. The days of champagne and blazers and going to insanely large mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, for meals on china are over.

A Cup of Caen: The Kiwis Have Landed!

Christopher Caen | Posted 08.28.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Wakas are the war canoes made by the Maori tribes native to New Zealand. They build little ones to go bash on their neighbors. They also build big ones, some over 100 feet long, to go bash on people on other islands. Some are painted white and black, which in Maori represents death.

A Cup of Caen: Of Cats and Cups

Christopher Caen | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

For me, the America's Cup was where the wonder and the magic of sailing lived. Ridiculously romantic? Probably, but romance is also part of the Cup.

A Cup of Caen: Of Lineages, and Paul Cayard

Christopher Caen | Posted 08.14.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Let's get one thing out of the way at the start: just like in royal families, sports have their lineages. Fathers and sons have passed on the torch in basketball, football, and baseball.

REFUNDS? America's Cup To Dole Out Big Bucks

San Jose Mercury News | Julia Prodis Sulek | Posted 08.11.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Thousands of spectators who had been looking forward to watching up to five days of America's Cup racing each week in July from bleac...

A Cup of Caen: What's an America's Cup team?

Christopher Caen | Posted 08.06.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

I am sitting with Jimmy Spithill, and I am giddy. I ask, "Who do you race for? Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA, or San Francisco?" I have managed to corral Spithill, the skipper for Oracle Team USA, at a bar on Union Street, and we have headed to the back of the room to talk about the upcoming races.

America's Cup Concert Series Kicks Off

Posted 05.31.2013 | San Francisco

In the year since America's Cup first landed on San Francisco waters, the race has been marred by both controversy and tragedy. But there's nothing...

Sailor Who Died In America's Cup Capsize Identified

Posted 05.09.2013 | San Francisco

An America's Cup sailor died on Thursday when a sailboat capsized during practice in the San Francisco Bay. British double gold medalist Andrew Si...