The opening race of the 35th America’s Cup will be race one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers between the Defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, with two time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill and his crew looking to start their defence of the cup in style against Groupama Team France, led by French superstar Franck Cammas.
The first race, starting on May 26th at 14.00 (Bermuda time), will be the first time the America’s Cup Class (ACC) yachts and their sailing crews engage in full competitive action. The ACC race yachts are wingsail, cutting-edge catamarans that foil above the water at tremendous speed, designed and created by each of the six America’s Cup teams racing for the oldest trophy in international sport. All the 35th America’s Cup races from May 26th to June 27th 2017 will take place on the astonishing waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, a perfect stage for the stadium-style racing that is now a core feature of America’s Cup racing.
In 2013, one of world sport’s most famous stories was played out over two weeks when ORACLE TEAM USA came back from 8-1 down against Emirates Team New Zealand, finally retaining 9-8 the trophy they won in 2010 in Valencia in arguably the greatest comeback in sailing history, if not all sport. Every single day of the planned schedule in 2013 was needed to let this story play out, and only a very confident person would make a prediction that the drama will be any less astonishing in June 2017.
For a full calendar of the on-water action, and for more news about the event between now and the start of action on 26th May 2017, stay tuned to the official website of America's Cup.
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