Wow, I don't know how so many east coast bloggers missed the news yesterday, but it's almost a cinch now that the next America's Cup will be held in an American city that's actually known for having some decent wind.
The Ellison camp and the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which, if you'll recall, currently hold the cup and thus get to choose the site for the next competition, announced that San Francisco is the sole American city still in the running to host AC 34.
Eliminated were Long Beach, San Diego, and some town in Rhode Island whose name I forget, but which is mainly known for fickle winds, a winter frostbite Laser fleet, and a bunch of old summer cottages with high-maintenance lawns.
The only thing puzzling about the announcement is the actual location in San Francisco that will host the AC teams, their boats and support facilities, the crush of international media expected for the high-profile event, and the hordes of jet setters and glitterati that always seem to congregate at the AC festivities.
Yesterday's press release mentioned only a location "south of the Bay Bridge", but if you have a look around there, the only thing you'll find is Red's Java House. And, while Red's burgers are justifiably famous, this may not be the cool place to hang that the glitterati were expecting.
Red's features a complex and varied menu, with influences from the cuisines of Polynesian, Caribbean, and New Jersey cultures - sure to appeal to the international yachting community. Red's prides itself on cleverly garnished yet understated presentation, as seen in the popular fried pile of stuff amuse bouche.
As the sole eating establishment onsite - in fact, as the only establishment of any kind onsite - Red's will probably need to extend their back patio to accommodate the expected rush of humanity. And they will have to get busy improving their dock facilities, which are currently non-existent.
Oh well, we still have a few years to get ready, and SF is the city that knows how, right?
At least the wind machine is already installed.