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Ships ahoy! America’s Cup overflows $1 billion or more

September 16, 2012

San Francisco and San Francisco Bay make a beautiful backdrop for the 34th America’s Cup. – Photo: ©2012 Gilles Martin-Raqet, ACEA

San Francisco filmmaker and LaHitz Media CEO Jacquie Taliaferro took to the Bay as if tracking down material for a new seafaring film much like Sydney Poitier’s “Long Ships,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat,” John McTiernan’s “The Hunt for Red October,” Richard Fleischer’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Wolfgang Petersen’s “Das Boot,” Lewis Milestone’s “Mutiny on the Bounty,” or James Cameron’s “Abyss” and “Titanic.”

by Jacquie Taliaferro

San Francisco – The America’s Cup World Series could be the second world series in San Francisco within a year’s time in that the San Francisco Giants might be in Major League Baseball’s World Series.

The Giants have more in common with the Bay than McCovey Cove as America’s Cup Oracle Team USA’s Jimmy Spithill throws out the first pitch at the Giants vs. Atlanta Braves game.

For the first time since San Francisco was awarded host of the 34th America’s Cup, racing boats were on the Bay as the dog days of August were fading. Teams from around the globe – France, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, U.K., USA, China and Sweden – were all competing.

There are super views of the race from our Marina Green shoreline and specially built grandstands.

Grandstanding for the America’s Cup: Jacquie Taliaferro with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and MC Hammer! And you “can touch this”!

An event like this takes major sponsorship and requires partners and collaborators that cut across numerous private, public and nonprofit organizations. America’s Cup will bring thousands of spectators from around the world to San Francisco.

This will help improve and repair our waterfront that is in very bad shape. Some are projecting that the 34th America’s Cup will create more than 8,000 new jobs and $1 billion in economic impact spread throughout the City.

Some are projecting that the 34th America’s Cup will create more than 8,000 new jobs and $1 billion in economic impact spread throughout the City.

Next races in San Francisco are Oct. 2-7, 2012, with the finals on the Bay, Sept. 7-22, 2013. Let the boats go and the money flow.

The fastest boats in the world get ready for the 34th America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay. – Photo: ©2012 Gilles Martin-Raqet, ACEA
Jacquie Taliaferro for San Francisco Bay View newspaper with contributions from Wright Enterprises, Taliaferro, filmmaker and director of LaHitz Media, can be reached at or (415) 821-1111.

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It’s Hammer Time on the Bay as MC Hammer joins Oracle Team USA June 15. – Photo: ©Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA


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