The 35th America’s Cup – Bermuda 2017
America’s Cup World Series – The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wing-sailed catamarans – an updated version of the AC45 raced in the last series. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the Bermuda 2017 America’s Cup and begins in the summer of 2015. Featuring all the America’s Cup teams racing in foiling, one-design AC45 catamarans, the circuit is an early opportunity to put points on the board that carry forward into the next stage of the competition. Overall ranking position in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series determines the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda 2017.
The America’s Cup is the oldest international trophy in world sport – pre-dating the modern Olympics, the Ryder Cup and the World Cup. The first race was organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1851; the same year that both Reuters and the New York Times were founded.
It was a single race around the Isle of Wight – open to yachts of all nations. The prize was a silver Cup that was valued at one hundred pounds Sterling. The black schooner America won this nascent contest of maritime supremacy, outclassing the field to be the first at the finish line off Cowes. To honour that victory, it was renamed the America’s Cup and became a challenge trophy open to sailing clubs of all nations.
American teams representing the New York Yacht Club successfully defended the Cup against all challenges for 132 years – the longest winning streak in sport – until an Australian team won in 1983. Since then the Cup has become a truly global phenomena, with challenges from all five continents and held in locations spread around the world – Cowes, New York, Newport RI, Fremantle, San Diego, Auckland, Valencia and San Francisco.
Team Oracle USA has decided that the 35th match for the America’s Cup will be in 2017. It will be raced in 48-foot foiling multihulls, and it will be in Bermuda. Whoever wins the America’s Cup, also wins the right to set the rules, choose the venue and the format of the next America’s Cup match.