34th America's Cup

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    In 1851, a radical new schooner, named America, swiftly sailed through the Royal Yacht catching the eye of Queen Victoria as well as beating the British to win the Royal Yacht Squadron's 100 Pound Cup. A symbolism of great victory for the new world was born. The trophy was later donated to the New York Yacht Club under a Deed of Gift, which stated the trophy was to be "a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations."

    Thus was born the America's cup, named after the winning schooner America.

    The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) recognizes this great feat in maritime history. DBW also recognizes AC34's commitment to sustainability optimizing social, economic and environmental impacts of its activities and the importance to protect natural ecosystems.

    For detailed information regarding the 34th America's Cup, please visit AC34.

     

    The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) recognizes AC34's commitment to sustainability optimizing social, economic and environmental impacts of its activities and the importance to protect natural ecosystems.

    Part of that includes AC34's focus on five event sustainability themes: Energy and Emissions, Resource Efficieny, Natural Habitats and Wildlife, Inclusion, and Engagement.

    For details regarding AC34's sustainability plan please visit AC34 Sustainability. The full sustainability plan is available for download here.

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    California has more than four million motorized and non-motorized recreational boaters, and understandably the numbers rise during large maritime events such as the 34th America's Cup. The negative impact that these boaters can have on California's marine environment and boating facilities, can be significant. California's recreational boating community, including boating visitors, should practice clean and green boating practices to continue protecting the state's waterways and marine environment from invasive species and pollution. Whether on the water or on the shore, you can make a positive impact toward California's waterways.

    All mariners should be aware of safe boating practices and California’s boating laws prior to setting out to view the America’s Cup races. Visit the following links for more information:


    Boaters are also encouraged to subscribe to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Notice to Mariners and to listen via marine band radio (VHF-FM Channel).

    You can find additional information regarding Protected Areas, Environmental Protection, Invasive Species, Clean Boating Practices and more here or on the following pages:

    For additional Information, please visit AC34 Events Page.

    Are you planning to participate in America's Cup 34? If so, please help us keep San Francisco's waterways clean and green from pollution or aquatic invasive species. Pledge to practice clean and green boating practices by taking the America's Cup Boater Pledge. It’s easy to do!

    • Visit America's Cup website.
    • Fill out the pledge form.
    • Click ‘Send’.
    • Print and take the confirmation email to a participating America's Cup store (beginning June 1) to pick up your Americs's Cup 34 Boating Clean and Green Flag.

    Visit America's Cup website for further details on the pledge program.