The 34th America's Cup will be held in San Francisco, CA in 2013. Leading up to the big event there will be lots of preparation going into getting ready. If you live in N. CA, this is an incredible opportunity to get involved with a world class organization. You will work really hard, but I bet you will learn as much or more. Not only will you get to be a part of something that could possibly be a one once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but think of the amazing people you will get to meet. That is my favorite part of volunteering, making new friends who enjoy the same things I do, and you know when you are all doing it for free, it's a real passion inside all of you. I applied to be a volunteer for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT. In the end, they had too many volunteers so the fact that I was not local (living in CA), they gave all the positions to those people living in UT. I would have loved to work the Olympics! I was most excited about meeting people from all over the world.
There are also paying jobs with these kinds of massive events. If you have a specific skill or talent, reach out to the management team and let them know. It may be worthwhile to contract a local professional than to travel with someone and bear all the travel expenses. If you are interested in this event, you can visit the 34th America's Cup web site and submit your resume.