Chicago, IL -June 12, 2016
Perfect winds, cooler temperatures and a record-breaking crowd of over 200,000 America’s Cup fans lining Chicago’s Navy Pier, combined to make Super Sunday – the final day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago on Lake Michigan – an incredible finale for foiling action in the USA.
The six teams fought fiercely for the double points on offer for each of Sunday’s three races.
In race two, the first of Sunday’s action on the water, Land Rover BAR took the honours after a very strong start, putting more air between them and the pack at the first mark and then leading from the front throughout the rest of the race.
Race three started with Groupama Team France first across the start line, but Artemis Racing continued their strong weekend form and grabbed the lead early and, despite pressure from ORACLE TEAM USA right to the end, crossed the finish line first for the second time over the Chicago weekend. The second place finish would be a high point for the home team.
Race four, the last competitive action of the weekend, began with five of the six teams crossing the start line together, but after a slew of penalties were handed out to a number of boats after the first mark, it was SoftBank Team Japan who were in clear air and would lead the pack though to the finish, recording their second race win of the weekend.
The final regatta podium had SoftBank Team Japan in third and Land Rover BAR in second place, but it is Artemis Racing who leave the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago as event champions – an historic title as the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series winners on fresh water.
Emirates Team New Zealand retains its position at the top of the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series ahead of Land Rover BAR and ORACLE TEAM USA.
Next, it is back to the UK for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth on July 22-24
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago Results
Artemis Racing 61
Land Rover BAR 58
SoftBank Team Japan 56
Emirates Team New Zealand 51
ORACLE TEAM USA 49
Groupama Team France 40
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – Current Overall Leaderboard
Emirates Team New Zealand – 295
Land Rover BAR – 285
ORACLE TEAM USA – 285
Artemis Racing – 262
SoftBank Team Japan – 259
Groupama Team France – 234
Overall ranking positions in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series determine the starting points score of the teams in the qualifiers next year.
Five challengers are vying to take on ORACLE TEAM USA in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series final in Bermuda next year.