The Louis Vuitton Cup / Americas Cup, San Francisco

Hi everyone! I apologize for not posting a lot of blog posts this time around because I had decided on spending as much time as possible with my kids before they begin school soon—- and well, that meant not working on my laptop (believe me, it was sooo hard to resist taking the laptop with me wherever we went). That’s also because I’ve been without internet access on my laptop from the home so I hadn’t been able to write properly. Most of my blog posts were done through my mobile (which is quite amazing on its own that it has become possible), thanks to Smart’s 3g international roaming service.

While here in San Francisco, I was contacted by the wonderful PR team behind Americas Cup. I had been told that I came at the right time because there was the Americas Cup Challenger Series and the Louis Vuitton Cup (on its 30th anniversary)

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The Americas Cup Parksfbay2 is located on Piers 27 and 29, just by the waters and a stone’s throw away from the popular tourist attraction, Pier 39. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Coit Tower (actually I think Coit Tower would be a good vantage point to see the catamarans in action)

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and the 2 bridges (Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge),

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Haha, the catamaran wears Prada 😉 Anyway, the latest catamarans are called the AC72 and are 72 feet long. They are really so handsome in the water and I could not take my eyes away from them as they sailed up to a speed of over 30 knots (New Zealand even broke a record at the time). And when they sailed, they looked like they were flying!

There were other highlights during race day, which was to see the oldest (and most prestigious) silver trophy of the Americas Cup.

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Oh and that gleaming silver trophy comes with his own entourage, golf cart,

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and of course a Louis Vuitton case (which I would have been brought out only at the time of awarding).

And speaking of Louis Vuitton, the house will of course, not fail to produce a special edition bag for San Francisco, home to this year’s Americas Cup.

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The San Francisco LV Cup Neverfull MM cost US $1,430 (plus CA tax)– and reportedly only 400 pieces were produced so that’s as limited edition as the bag gets. If you are lucky to see this at the LV popup store by the Americas Cup Park, you should buy it 🙂

And what souvenir did I bring back home with me that day? Apart from meeting the skippers and sailors (that was a lot of fun :D), I took off with the silver trophy. Hahaha. Just kidding, a photo sufficed (because I could not haul that super heavy silver trophy, plus that bodyguard’s been eyeing me like a hawk haha).

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Anyway, if you happen to be in the city for the month of August, you might want to pop over the Americas Cup Park and check out the race schedules too. The races are pretty addicting to watch– trust me. I’ve driven to the city, fought for parking space in Fisherman’s Wharf, and braved the cold wind more than once to see the cats (catamarans) 😉

More blog posts soon. They may come few and far between, but I promise to make each a worthwhile read 🙂 Regular blog posting resumes in a week (when vacay is over) 😀

x
TheBagHag

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