ALAMEDA — The first American Armed Forces Cup Regatta will take place Saturday at Alameda Point, helping kick off Fleet Week.
Hosted by Club Nautique, the regatta will feature members and reservists from all five military branches competing at the Seaplane Lagoon, the spot from where amphibious aircraft would arrive or set off when the area was part of the Alameda Naval Air Station.
The race for the regatta trophy will begin at 1 p.m.
Along with the regatta, the day’s activities will feature a free landside festival with live music, food tucks, and local beer and wine, as well as a pumpkin patch. All ages are welcome.
Part of the proceeds from the festival, which will take place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., will benefit Operation Dignity, the Oakland-based nonprofit that helps veterans.
The city’s Community Development Department and Alameda Point Partners, which is redeveloping 68 acres at the former military base with a mix of housing and commercial space, are sponsoring the first-time event.
Alameda officials are also reminding residents, especially on Bay Farm Island, that they may hear noise and notice additional flight activity as aircraft taking part in Fleet Week land and take off from Oakland International Airport.
The Navy’s Blue Angels will arrive at 6 p.m. Sunday at the main runway at the airport’s south field. Media flights are set for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the same location.
Along with the Blue Angels, aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and France’s Breitling Jet Team will be among those using the airport.
Flights connected with Fleet Week are scheduled the afternoons of Oct. 6-9 at the airport’s north field.
The Blue Angels will depart 10 a.m. Oct. 10 from the main runway at the south field.
Anyone wishing to be added to the airport’s community advisory notification list can call the Noise Hot Line at 510-563-6463.
For information about Fleet Week, visit http://fleetweeksf.org/.
For information on Saturday’s regatta and festival at Alameda Point, visit www.alamedapointpartners.com and/or connect with Facebook.com/thepointalameda.