THE AMERICA’S CUP IS THE COMPETITION FOR THE OLDEST TROPHY IN INTERNATIONAL SPORT AND DATES BACK TO 1851. NOW IT IS COMING TO BERMUDA. Courtesy of WEDCO and America’s Cup Event Authority The America’s Cup features the fastest boats and the very best sailors in the world, with names like Jimmy Spithill, Ben Ainslie, Nathan Outteridge, Peter Burling, Franck Cammas and Max Sirena amongst the brightest lights in the sport. The Events Bermudians and visitors will be able to meet these sailors soon, as some of the teams will be moving their bases to the island as early as the spring of 2015. The first racing in Bermuda will take place with the America’s Cup World Series Bermuda from October 16–18, 2015. In 2017, the heart of the America’s Cup action will be at Dockyard, where the teams will be based, along with a purpose-built public race village area, full of activities, hospitality areas and entertainment. For the America’s Cup World Series in 2015, more of the shore-based activities will be located in Hamilton. In both cases, the racing will take place out on the Great Sound, a perfect, amphitheatre shaped race course, where spectators will be able to enjoy the racing from up close as the crews tackle the challenging conditions. The Teams Six teams have taken up the challenge of the 2017 America’s Cup, including the defending champion ORACLE TEAM USA. The American defender has an automatic berth in the Finals in June 2017 but will participate in the America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 and 2016 as well as the opening round Qualifiers in 2017. Challengers include the other finalist from 2013, Emirates Team New Zealand, as well as Ben Ainslie Racing, Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing and Team France. The Boats There are two types of boats involved in the 2017 America’s Cup: the one-design AC45 and the AC62. Both are extremely light and quick foiling catamarans, powered by a highly efficient wingsail. The AC45 is used in the America’s Cup World Series and is built to a one-design rule, meaning all of the boats are identical. It is up to the crews to distinguish themselves as the best on the water to win the race. Both boats are extremely physical to race, requiring the athletes who sail them to be in top physical condition. The AC62, which will be used in 2017, is the big brother to the AC45. It is built to a design rule which allows designers and engineers some leeway to express their ideas in the final design of the boat. This is part of the DNA of the America’s Cup, where the winning team has to be the best across the multiple disciplines of designing, engineering, boatbuilding and sailing. Both the AC45 and AC62 have the capability to lift up out of the water and to “fly” on hydrofoils. This increases their speed potential dramatically, with the AC62 expected to reach speeds well in excess of the Bermuda speed limit of 35 mph. The America’s Cup has a legacy that is unrivalled in modern sport with a story that stretches back deep into history. Now Bermuda will add its own chapter. Come and be a part of it!
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