Bermuda Venue Ignites America's Cup Excitement
10th Dec 2014
Endpoint of the famed Newport to Bermuda race and blessed with a stunning marine environment, Bermuda presents a compelling but unusual choice for the America's Cup, which is usually hosted in the home country of the team holding the cup - most recently in San Francisco.
The winner of the recently completed 34th Cup, Oracle Team USA, chose to move the competition from San Francisco to Bermuda, providing a breath of fresh air to venue selections and a closer venue for European audiences.
The action kicks off in 2015 with the new America's Cup World Series, which enables racing teams to earn placement points leading up to the main competition in June 2017. Beginning in June, races will take place in Bermuda, Gothenburg, Portsmouth and another to be named location, with additional activities in Chicago and the UK coming in 2016.
Currently six teams are set to compete in the America's Cup World Series: Artemis Racing (Sweden), Ben Ainsle Racing (UK), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZ), Team Oracle USA (USA) and Team France (France). An early stage youth competition, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, also features ten teams for young sailors between the ages of 19 and 23, with teams from China, Korea, the US, and across Europe.