America’s Cup Spectacle in Sardinia
As the Mediterranean charter season prepares to welcome yachts to seasoned cruising grounds, Sardinia's popular shores are preparing for a busy June when Cagliari welcomes the first regatta in the America's Cup World Series.
Sardinia’s capital will host the first 35th America’s Cup World Series regatta in the first days of summer, with the racing taking place in the Gulf surrounding Cagliari.
It’s hard not to be impressed by the magnificent sight of these state-of-the-art foiling catamarans flying across the water at high speeds. The attention of the sailing world will certainly be focused on Cagliari, as the teams will be racing the modified AC45 one-design catamarans with 20 metre wing-sails for the first time. Many predictions (justified and otherwise) will be made on the outcomes of this first regatta.
Visiting yachts will be able to watch the regatta close-up and soak up the atmosphere of this extraordinary global challenge.
All six teams will be racing: Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Team France. The teams will arrive to start training from the 31st May, giving spectators the opportunity to watch these elite sportspeople working to improve tactics and performance.
Each participating team has been given the opportunity to host a World Series regatta in their home country. After Cagliari, so chosen by the Luna Rossa Challenge, the Series will then move onto Portsmouth, England between 23 - 26 July, onto Sweden from 28 - 30 August, then across to Bermuda between 16 - 18 October. Of course the Bermuda event will be of particular interest to the teams as this is where the America’s Cup proper will be hosted in 2017.
The World Series is not just a practice run; results will affect starting points scores in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017. Each team will be taking the racing extremely seriously, and as always, a yacht is the best place to see the action.