If any kiwis in SF find John Navas could you please buy him a drink from me? PM me to arrange repayment!
Yes, agree with that.
I just met Comrade Stingray in Cow Hollow. He and I have had issues but, meeting F2F calls for cordiality and courtesy.
He is the first I have seen fully decked-out in Oracle gear! [although he claims there are others if I look hard enough]
It is VERY hard to know where to watch the races.
It is a long way from the Marina Green to the AC Park (Pier 27) end.
The AC Store at PIer 27 is absolute shit. No team stuff there. Just (I assume) ACEA stuff made to look like team gear. Poorly designed, printed on shit fabric and offered at outrageous prices. The best deal in there is the Program (at $15).
It is a long walk from Pier 27 (the AC "park) to the TNZ/LR bases and even further to OR. It is obvious organisers just gave up on any "village" idea. This was one thing Ernesto did quite well.
Having seen the "AC park" today (and noted the prices down there) tomorrow I might opt for the big screen at Marina Green.
Stinger (who is clean-cut young guy) thinks he might take his binoculars and go up Telegraph Hill for the big-view. But he has a mobile device to get Virtual Eye etc.
From my VLC experience (2007) I decided you have to be near a screen. Not for the commentary. But for the telemetry. Will look for a breakfast place and make a decision before Race 1.
There is very little wind in SF at present and SR wonders if they will even get on their foils for Race 1.
Few comments about SF. Today I walked miles and very much like the obvious height restraints in housing areas. Looks like the famous SF BOS said 4-storeys max. Makes for a kind of Parisian (or European) look.
The Cow Hollow, Marina Districts and environs look pretty up-market. Not many street dwellers and many affluent looking citizens gulpng down tacos and starring at their cellphones.
On the drive in from the airport the van driver continuously made phone calls. Have these people ever heard of distracted driving?
If there is a lay-day (or racing is cancelled for no wind) I will be hitting any 2nd hand bookstores around here.
And yes, if I see John Navas, I will give him special Maori greetings and a secret look at a taniwha.