SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ten years after Team New Zealand lost the America's Cup to a countryman and a European billionaire, the Kiwis are in San Francisco for a singular mission.
They're not here for the spectacular vistas, although the pier that houses their base is in the middle of one, tucked between the western end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and AT&T Park, home of the Giants.
Head out onto the bay, turn left, round the Embarcadero and there are Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. It's on the stretch of water between those landmarks that the Kiwis hope to reclaim the oldest trophy in international sports.
Skipper Dean Barker says anything other than winning the America's Cup will be a failure.
The first two races of the 34th America's Cup are Saturday against defending champion Oracle Team USA.