Friday, April 16, 2010

America’s Cup day at Strictly Sail Pacific

According to Master of Ceremonies Tom Ehman, the feedback from Thursday’s team and America’s Cup trophy appearance at Strictly Sail Pacific was that this was perhaps the best one yet.

The venue was packed for the evening show, ‘tighter than standing room only’, with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowd eager to learn more about the team’s successful challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup.

(All images courtesy Ron Sellers)

The Cup itself had arrived much earlier in the day, and was on display for the public just outside the show gates from noon until 7pm.

Beginning at 5pm, tactician John Kostecki, bowman Brad Webb and design coordinator Ian ‘Fresh’ Burns (all of whom, incidently, are currently living in the greater Bay area) were on hand to sign posters and mix with the crowd.

And from 6 to 7pm, the show was on with videos and a very popular Q+A session. With so many industry insiders from the Strictly Sail show on hand, the guys fielded some of the most probing and in-depth questions they’ve faced since winning the Cup in February.

Sail America president Sally Helme and Executive Director Jonathan Banks, who earlier had declared Thursday as ‘America’s Cup Day’ at the show, were both in attendance as was Latitude 38 Associate Publisher John Arndt.

Thanks to all who came to see us on this leg of the Tour.