America's Cup

By Samms, Mike | Sea Classics, August 2012 | Go to article overview

America's Cup


Samms, Mike, Sea Classics


Newport, Rhode Island, is the final stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series, which will feature both fleet and match racing. The event will take place 26 June-1 July 2012.

For the first time, America's Cup racing will be held inside Narragansett Bay, with excellent spectator views of the race course from the AC Village at Fort Adams. The regatta will give the public an opportunity to watch the world's top sailors compete in the state-of-theart AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, which will be the first time the hightech boats will be raced on the east coast of the US.

Newport also has the honor of seeing the first AC World Series circuit champion crowned. The highlight of each AC World Series stop is the spectacular, winnertakes-all, fleet race on final Sunday, where teams put points on the board to take the overall title, so the final race on 1 July in Newport could be the ultimate decision maker for the AC World Series champion.

Synonymous with the name America's Cup, the spectacular harbor of Newport, Rhode Island has played host to some of the most legendary America's Cup battles in the competition's 160-yr-old history. Newport continues to attract the leading yachtsmen and women from around the world annually, hosting some of the world's major sailing events on its waters. And now, the 2012 AC World Series Newport event brings the America's Cup experience back to Newport after almost a 20-yr absence.

The AC World Series features tight, short racecourses designed to deliver close racing for the fans on shore as well as the online and TV audiences. The innovative regatta format includes a mix of speed trials, head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing with nine identical AC45s on the line. These events provide the fans the only opportunity to see all of the America's Cup competitors racing together. …

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