In case you haven?t heard, there?s this little sailing race called the America?s Cup that?s kicking off on Thursday. You can sit in the grandstands with the masses?or you can find a maritime activity that better suits your taste:

If you want nautical cuisine Order the caramelized Sliver Fern Farms steak filet at the Waiheke Island Yacht Club, a pop-up restaurant from top New Zealand chef Desmond Harris. The strip of restaurants along the Embarcadero known as The Piers will be serving up sailing-inspired dishes such as the ?Regatta? cebiche mixto at La Mar.

If you want to do some serious people (and yacht) watching You could sit on your couch and watch the live broadcast. Or you could claim one of the sun-facing Adirondack chairs on the patio at the new America?s Cup Sports Bar on Pier 27, surrounded by superyacht slips.

If you want to get inside a yachtsman?s head--or house Crack open SF local Kimball Livingston?s new book, Sailing on the Edge, to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the race. Or gawk at Oracle founder and team owner Larry Ellison?s personal collection of Japanese sculptures and paintings at the Asian Art Museum.

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