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Get ready for the 35th America’s Cup

The time has arrived! The 35th America’s Cup is finally here. The greatest race on water starts in Bermuda with six teams battling it out for the oldest trophy in international sport against the backdrop of the stunning island of Bermuda.

So what is different about the America’s Cup in 2017? The answer is nearly every element of the competition is brand new for the 35th America’s Cup, with the boats, the racecourse and the sailors themselves all going through a transformation since the 2013 events.

Ever since its inception in 1851, when a schooner named ‘America’ raced around the Isle of Wight in the UK and conquered the best that Britain could offer, the world’s oldest sporting international competition has continued to push back the boundaries of what is possible with revolutionary innovations on and off the water.

And those advancements will be at their spectacular best in this year’s 35th staging of the event in the beautiful waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound.

In days past, America’s Cup boats had to sail to the venue where they would compete. Now the sophisticated catamarans will ‘fly’ across the water in Bermuda, courtesy of revolutionary hydrofoil systems that lift the boats out of the water and create exhilarating racing at nearly 50 knots (93kph) with the boats capable of racing at three times the speed of the wind.

The spectacle that will unfold in Bermuda in May and June will take place much closer to the spectators than has been possible before in the America’s Cup, with a stadium style racecourse on the Great Sound bringing the action in-shore and closer than ever before, a sight to behold for those watching on TV and, especially, in the America’s Cup Village and on the Great Sound itself.

Then there’s the sailors themselves, who due to the physical and mental pressures of racing an America’s Cup Class yacht will be the fittest, strongest sailors in the 166-year history of the trophy. These athletes are sporting heroes who will write the next chapter of this illustrious competition.

Jimmy Spithill and his ORACLE TEAM USA will be aiming to complete a much coveted ‘three-peat’ in 2017, three consecutive America’s Cup successes. However, with America’s Cup racing more unpredictable than ever before, it would take a brave person to rule out any of the challenging teams; Land Rover BAR, Artemis Racing, Groupama Team France, Emirates Team New Zealand and SoftBank Team Japan, all determined to stake their claims to the ‘Auld Mug’ as a number of intriguing questions are posed.

Can Sir Ben Ainslie, a winner last time out alongside Spithill with ORACLE TEAM USA, bring the America’s Cup home to Great Britain for the first time with Land Rover BAR?

Will Emirates Team New Zealand’s pedal-power gamble prove the pivotal difference?

Can Dean Barker, now with SoftBank Team Japan, earn the ultimate redemption for the loss he suffered in 2013, losing the America’s Cup from a seemingly unassailable 8-1 lead with Emirates Team New Zealand, and win in 2017?

Can Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing build on the momentum of their impressive displays in practice racing and get their hands on the ultimate prize?

Or will Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France cause a major shock as the newcomers, go against their underdog tag and lift the Auld Mug?

All of the drama and possible outcomes will play out in front of the eyes of the world, focused on Bermuda’s Great Sound as the 35th America’s Cup commences.

Stay tuned folks, it’s going to be the greatest race on water!

To buy tickets to the 35th America’s Cup, click here.

If you can’t make it to Bermuda, find out where to watch the racing live in your country here.

Delta Lloyd Regatta. En 470, sexto puesto final para la dupla argentina Gwozdz – Dietrich.

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First golden medals in 470 for Sozykin with Gribanov and Hanson in Laser

Friday May 26th – Tonight, the first medal races have been sailed. Both 470 and Laser races were exciting to the end. In the 470, the Russian Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov were unbeatable, a fair win for this duo. Elliot Hansen wins the gold in the Laser after some close racing in the medal race.

Sozykin and Gribanov take a solid win

In the 470 there was tension till the end. After two generals before the start, the tension really went up a level. Once the fleet could finally start, the Russian guys immediately took the lead. The race for second and third was really exciting until the end for Italian Matteo Capurro with Matteo Puppo, and Afrodite Kyranakou with Anneloes van Veen (the Netherlands). The Italians won this battle, but it wasn’t enough for the silver medal. This one goes to the Dutchies, while the Italians will receive a bronze medal. Van Veen: “We are very satisfied with the result, especially because we were sailing in the men’s field. The Russians were very smart today, we didn’t even get a chance to get close in first place.”

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Delta Lloyd Regatta día 3.

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Medal race time for 470 and Laser

An exciting Friday saw the last of the races before the medal races are sailed. The wind was a bit tricky in the morning, but Laser and 470 were able to start their races as scheduled, giving them some time before the medal races to prepare.

Preparing in the protest room

Preparing for Laser, sailors Cyprian Pavlos Kontides and Elliot Hanson (Great Britain) talk of protesting. Kontides: “Hanson was match racing me, as expected. But he made a few penalties, so I had to protest against him.” After protesting, Hanson is still leading the fleet with 8 points ahead of American Charlie Buckingham. Thomas Saunders (New Zealand) had a bad day. After starting in fourth place, he ends the day in eleventh place and will not compete in the medal race.

Thrilling finals in 470

The favourites going into the 470 medal race are the Russians Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov. They will secure gold if they end up in second place. Dutchies Afrodite Kyranakou and Anneloes van Veen are going into the medals in second place, and a podium finish is in sight if they keep their concentration in the medal races. Even a golden medal is possible, but this all depends of the results of the Russians.

Medal races 49erFX will guarantee some close racing

In the 49erFX is the Croatian team with Enia Nincevic and Peiar Cupac leading. They’ll compete in the medal races against three Dutch teams, three British teams, Germans, Americans and French sailors. “It’s gonna be tough, it’s top ten boats with really close racing,” said Nincevic. The preparation of the British Hannah Mills and Alain Sign didn’t go as planned, as their trapeze broke down during the last race. Sign: “It was a bit disappointing to have some gear problems, but we’re happy to be in the medal race.”

Excited for the new RS:X format

The RS:X started 4 hours after their planned races. We’ll find the top 12 windsurfers from the week at the starting line tomorrow, starting with 0 points. The RS:X class will race with a new format: the top 12 after the fleet races will start in the quarter-final, six of them will go through to the semi-final and finally four windsurfers will battle for the podium places. Olympic champion van Rijsselberghe looks ahead: “A lot of things can happen on the last day. It’s do or die. It will be quite interesting to see what’s gonna happen.”

Laser Radial and 49er are finishing their last races during the finals of the 470 and Laser. Full schedule of medal races can be found here.

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35AC, postergado el inicio de la Louis Vuitton Cup para el sábado 27.

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America’s Cup Opening Day postponed until Saturday 27th May

The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda has meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup has had to be postponed.

Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, so with the safety of the sailors and spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to postpone Friday’s events. Saturday 27th May and the days following are all forecast to have significantly improved weather conditions, so the four races scheduled to take place on Friday 26th May will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.

The Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday 27th May, starting at 8.30pm, following the three time Grammy award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village at 5.15pm. The America’s Cup Village will close at 9.30pm. Gates open at 11.30am on Saturday, with racing due to take place between 2pm and 5pm.

Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the ACEA, said, “We are obviously disappointed that the strong winds mean we have had to postpone day one of the 35th America’s Cup. This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sellout crowd. Our primary concern however, is always safety for everyone involved in the America’s Cup. We are adding an hour to the race window on both Saturday and Sunday to run extra races with the aim of getting back on schedule. There are still tickets available at the weekend, although not in all categories, so we are hoping Friday’s ticket holders will still get the chance to enjoy what should be an incredible opening weekend.”

As the America’s Cup Village will not open on 26th May, all ticket holders for the America’s Cup Village, Grandstand seats, Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar and Longtail Lounge and Official Spectator Boat ticket holders will automatically receive a refund within the next ten days. Should those ticket holders wish to attend another day, tickets will need to be purchased separately for this day and can be booked at www.americascup.com/tickets.

Ticketholders for Friday’s ferry will also receive a full refund. Ticketholders for Saturday’s ferry can also rebook their ticket to a new time, should they wish, now that the Opening Ceremony is on Saturday.

Additional direct ferry runs to the America’s Cup Village before and after racing have been added to the Saturday schedule to increase capacity, and there are some updates in the existing timetable due to the changes in the America’s Cup schedule, which will be communicated directly to those existing ticketholders, or can be found at www.acbda.bm. To book tickets please go to www.americascup.com/tickets

Additional ferry runs will also be added to the regular public schedule from Hamilton to the Dockyard Ferry terminal on Saturday. From Dockyard, the public can either get a free shuttle train from in front of the Clocktower Mall, or walk over to the America’s Cup Village.

America’s Cup Bermuda, CEO Mike Winfield says, “We are grateful for the excellent working relationship we have with Marine & Ports and we thank them for their flexibility in ensuring that America’s Cup spectators have a reliable and convenient way to get to the America’s Cup Village. We recognize this is a late change due to weather and it likely won’t be the last. We are very pleased to see the strong team work and dedication from Marine and Ports.”

Other means of transport are by motorbike and private cars. As Saturday may be a sellout, locals are also encouraged to ride their motorbike to the event as motorbikes can park for FREE and there is plenty of room at the Transportation Hub, near the entrance to America’s Cup Village. More bikes on the road will likely ease traffic and parking congestion in the west end of the island.

The America’s Cup Park n Ride program ($25 per car for all passengers, when booked in advance) must be pre-booked at Boaz Island Sports Field. It is $30 if booked within 12-hours of use. Once this is fully booked, the next parking area will become available for booking. Book your Park n Ride at www.americascup.com/tickets

Additional parking lots are available once Boaz Island Sports Field is fully booked. These are: Warren Simmons Field near Somerset Marketplace and Somerset Primary. All locations will be serviced by minibus shuttles to deliver you from your car directly to the Transportation Hub at the America’s Cup Event Village.

Please stay tuned to all America’s Cup channels for event updates: www.americascup.com, Twitter and Facebook @americascup. Ongoing transportation information and updates are available at: www.acbda.bm/transport and please follow America’s Cup Bermuda on Twitter @AC2017BDA for real-time updates.

Delta Lloyd Regatta día 2. Los argentinos Fernando Gwozdz y Tomas Dietrich, séptimos provisionales en 470.

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Tricky winds, postponed races and new leaders in the second day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta

Wednesday, May 24th – There were tricky winds for the sailors and the race committee. The day started with a delay, and only once the Laser Radial had set off at noon, could the racing start. Due to the shifting winds, a lot of overall results have changed since the first day. The race committees had a long day on the water, however, they still managed to finish all planned races. Although there was a lot of waiting in the morning due to the shifting wind, the races still managed to go really well.

Lucky side in the Laser Radial

The Laser Radial started without any delay this morning. The Belgium, Emma Plasschaert, is leading the fleet: “It’s going well this week. In the first race I got lucky in the wind shift. One side of the fleet had a bad wind shift, fortunately I was on the good side. Therefore it wasn’t really a fair race, but that’s sailing. In the second race I had a bad start, but managed to get back into it.” Due to that wind shift in the first race, the top 3 is very different from yesterday. Marit Bouwmeester (The Netherlands) made the wrong choice in this race and has fallen to 12th place.

The Laser fleet had a good day after the delays in the morning. Australian, Matthew Wearn – currently in 2nd place, is aiming for the medal races.

“It’s going ok so far, yesterday I made a few mistakes. However, today I managed to get a 3 and 1, so I’m still in the top 3 and that’s good! As long as I keep sailing consistently this week, I’ll be happy with third and fourth places until the medal races.” Number one in the Laser fleet is Elliot Hansen from Great Britain.

Dutch women leading in 470

In the mixed fleet, the women are leading. Afrodite Kyranakou said: “It was a difficult and tactical day because of the soft wind. But for us it’s also very interesting to see how we can get the boat moving again. We are leading now and if we can beat the Russian guys this week, we know we are doing well.” The Russians, Pavel Sozykin and Denis Gribanov, are very competitive in their class and two of the world’s best. So after two days of racing and leading the fleet, the girls can conclude they are getting to their goal.

First time back in the boat since Rio, and happy to get out on the water again, is Dutchie Annette Duetz: “It’s really great to be back. I’m looking forward to starting a new Olympic campaign for Tokyo 2020, but I first have to finish my studies.” Duetz was in Rio with Annemiek Bekkering, however, this event we see her with Dewi Couvert. Bekkering is testing other crew to sail with. This week she is sailing with Jeske Kisters, following the split with Duetz after the Olympics. Bekkering explained: “I’m sailing with Jeske now, our goal is to be in the top 10 at the World Championship in Porto. The Dutch team is really big now and filled with a lot of men and women. It’s a great opportunity to try and sail with other crew members and to learn from one another. This week is also really great, today we had a couple of good starts.”

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AC35. Presentado el trofeo de la Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

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The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Trophy and Trunk

Paris, May 2017

Louis Vuitton is proud to present the brand new trophy, and its trunk, to be awarded to the winning team of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs, taking place from Sunday June 4th to Monday June 12th 2017 in Bermuda.

The path to the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton in Bermuda has taken its five challengers – Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France – and Defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, winner of the 34th America’s Cup, around the world. They have competed in a grueling cycle of intensely competitive regattas. However, only one team can win the right to go forward as the Challenger and compete for the America’s Cup itself against the Defender ORACLE TEAM USA.

That is why Louis Vuitton has commissioned a new trophy and trunk to mark that achievement. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs trophy will be awarded to whichever team emerges victorious as Challenger on June 11th or 12th on the Great Sound.

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