After an absence of nearly 20 years, America’s Cup World Series returns to the spectacular harbor of Newport, Rhodes Island, where the last stop of the race takes place and the inaugural champion out of 8 teams will be brought to light.
The America’s Cup World Series is a round of regattas, which combines fleet races and match races with a goal to bring the competition to different locations around the world. Thanks to these races, sailing fans around the world have the opportunity to watch live the action taking place on board these yachts.
Eight crews from six countries are competing in the 2011-12 AC World Series, including: Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), Energy Team (France), Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy) with two boats, Oracle Team USA (USA) with two boats as well and Team Korea (Korea).
Competition in Newport takes place from June 26 to July 1, and it is expected that all the pressure will be brought to the grand finale on Sunday, the decisive last day of the dramatic racing. Although 5 fleet races will be held in Newport before the grand finale, exactly the final contest on Sunday will be weighted more heavily and is expected to reveal both the Match Racing and Fleet Racing titles.
So far, this is the classification of the World Series AC 2011-2012 (after five of the six events):
1. Oracle Team USA (Spithill) … 84 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand … 80 points
3. Artemis Racing … 71 points
4. Energy Team … 65 points
5. Team Korea … 56 points
6. Oracle Team USA (Coutts) … 53 points
7. Luna Rossa (Piranha) … 34 points
8. China Team … 31 points
9. Luna Rossa (Swordfish) … 21 points
China Team has informed event organizers that they will not compete in Newport but intend to develop young Chinese sailors through the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup as a bridge to a future all-Chinese America’s Cup sailing team.
This is the first time the competition of the AC45 catamarans takes place in Narragansett Bay where having the start and finish lines situated close to the coastline thousands of followers will be converted in privileged spectators with access points to the race spread over the entire coastline.
The grand finale will be translated live on Sunday by NBC, but the four days of racing can be seen worldwide at www.youtube.com / americascup (subject to the territorial distribution agreements).