Monday, August 15, 2011
America's Cup Sailboat Racing
While the boats were racing, there was a fleet of vessels timing them, marking the limits of the course, and following them with photographers. Even a couple of Portuguese Navy patrol boats were on scene. There were also three helicopters filming the race from above the entire time.
The large, three-masted sailboat in the background of this photo is one of a couple beautiful old ships that offered vantage points for race-watchers. For a fee, you could embark in Lisbon for the short run up the coast, anchor just off the course, and watch the races close-up while eating and drinking. The first day of the races, one of these ran aground. Lots of little vessels tried to tow her off, but she had to wait for the tide to come in and lift her.