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WHAT NEXT ON THE ROAD TO THE AMERICA’S CUP IN 2017?
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series wrapped up in Fukuoka this week after 9 events around the world over the past 18 months.
Each team, except Emirates Team New Zealand had at least one home event to bring the racing to the public and give the fans a taste of what is to come in 2017 in Bermuda.
But just how much of a taste was it of what is to come next year?
The short answer is, not a lot.
The AC45’s sailed on the LVACWS are complete one design boats, which were designed and developed five years ago by the Defender Oracle Team USA as the boat to use on the 34th America’s Cup preliminary World Series event, long before the concept of foiling was ever imagined.
Fast forward 4 years and these AC45’s were retrofitted to become foiling boats, after Emirates Team New Zealand bought foiling into the world of the America’s Cup in 2013.
And these are what the teams have been fleet race sailing around the world since July 2015.
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Land Rover BAR win Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – British team earns bonus points for Bermuda (V2 including Skipper quotes)
Land Rover BAR – the British challenge headed by Olympic legend Ben Ainslie – has won the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series with a first place finish at the ultimate event in Japan this weekend.
Ainslie’s team sailed extremely well to secure the overall title with a race to spare. With the overall series win, Land Rover BAR earns two bonus points for the next stage of the America’s Cup (see below).
ORACLE TEAM USA and skipper Jimmy Spithill pushed hard, finishing ahead of BAR in the first race of the day, but Ainslie was able to sail with controlled aggression to a 4, 2, 3 scoreline, and into the overall series win.
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Fukuoka, Japan, 11/19/2016
Super Sunday will be the decider in Fukuoka
Hakata Bay in Fukuoka was the scene for the historic first ever day of America’s Cup racing in Japan and it was Land Rover BAR who finished day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Fukuoka racing on top, adding one more point to their overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series lead.
The Event Village was full of thousands of Japanese fans and the wind helped the six America’s Cup teams put on a spectacular show of America’s Cup racing for the first time ever in Japan, and with a win for SoftBank Team Japan among the day’s highlights, it could not have been a better start to America’s Cup action in Japan.
In race one the start was tightly contested but it was series leaders Land Rover BAR who were quickly into the lead. Groupama Team France crossed the line early, leaving them with a startline penalty and putting them back into sixth, but as the boats headed to gate two it was the British team who were stamping their authority on the pack with only Emirates Team New Zealand giving close chase.
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Fukuoka, Japan, 11/18/2016
Stage set for final races of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series
The stage is set for the final weekend of racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
The ultimate event is taking place in Fukuoka, Japan this weekend, the first America’s Cup racing in Asia, and showcase event for SoftBank Team Japan, the first Japanese Cup challenger in 15 years.
Land Rover BAR has a 14 point lead over ORACLE TEAM USA going into the final races in the two-year series.
But with 90 points on offer over the six races scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, the fight for the title is still open.
“It is very close in terms of the overall points. We have a bit of a gap to the other two boats, but in reality we’re going to have to sail really well this weekend if we want to end up on top in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series,” said Ben Ainslie. “We have to do the absolute best we can.”
While second placed ORACLE TEAM USA has their sights set on the top of the leaderboard, the team could be forgiven for looking over its shoulder at Emirates Team New Zealand, who are just three points back. But skipper Jimmy Spithill says the focus is on taking a win.
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MORE YOUNG TALENT TO BOOST THE EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND RANKS
The aim to continue to bring a new generation of young, fit and ultra talented New Zealand sailors to the America’s Cup steps forward with New Zealand Sailing Team members Andy Maloney and Josh Junior joining Emirates Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s Cup campaign.
26 year olds, Maloney from the Murrays Bay Sailing Club, and Junior from the Worser Bay Sailing Club are accomplished and internationally recognized dinghy sailors in the Laser and Finn classes respectively.
They join Emirates Team New Zealand achieving the first part of a 20 year old dream since 1995 when, at the age of 5, they watched their country winning the America’s Cup for the first time.