America’s Cup fleet to race in UK en route to Bermuda
The America's Cup World Series (ACWS) races will take place in the UK between 23 - 26 July 2015, and again the following summer, from 21 - 24 July 2016. This is great news for our industry as Superyachts are likely to converge in Portsmouth next summer to watch the America’s Cup fleet compete to establish their dominance in the lead up to the 2017 event in Bermuda.
Sir Ben Ainslie’s quest to have an America’s Cup Headquarters in Portsmouth has paid off, with the recent announcement that the historic English city has won the bid to host the America’s Cup fleet for preparatory races.
This is not just a practice run, for the performance will affect their overall seeding and starting score for the America’s Cup itself which will take place in early summer in 2017 in Bermuda, who recently won the tender to host the event in the face of stiff competition from San Diego.
No British team has ever won the America’s Cup, but Sir Ben Ainslie hopes to lead the first. He has been encouraging the British to get behind the America’s Cup World Series, explaining that the ultra-fast new foiling catamarans will provide an extraordinary spectacle for all those who come to watch the world-class racing.
Portsmouth, a city on England’s south coast long famed for its naval history, will welcome the teams from America, New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, France and Italy in order to race their 45 foot catamarans and test performance. This will be a keenly watched challenge as new rules decree that the yachts must be smaller and less costly than previous years, with a requirement that at least a quarter of the crew are from the challenging country.
It’s not the first time that Plymouth has hosted the America’s Cup regatta circuit. In 2011, 150 000 people gathered to watch the catamarans fly across the water and soak up the adrenaline of this thrilling sport.
The new foiling catamarans and elite sailing fraternity is sure to bring a wonderful yachting buzz to the English south coast over the next two summers. Will you be there with your yacht?