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America’s Cup racing returns to New York – 2016 calendar released

by americascup.com

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America’s Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing on May 7-8, 2016.

The New York event is one of six events planned during 2016, each featuring thrilling, high-speed competition, as six America’s Cup teams, with the top sailors in the world, vie for points that count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

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This year, Emirates Team New Zealand’s star helmsman, Peter Burling, the youngest in the fleet, led his team to the top of the standings over current America’s Cup champion Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA, and the highly touted Land Rover BAR team led by Olympic hero Ben Ainslie.

But the competition was close. In fact, the opening three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 featured three different event winners, and four different individual race winners. The 2016 calendar promises more hard-fought racing on the foiling AC45F catamarans that fly above the water.

“Everyone is going to want to start the New Year off well,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “But all the other teams have been out training with the same goal in mind, so nothing will come easy this year.

“The New York event is going to be spectacular. Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, will be a huge hit. New Yorkers are massive sports fans and I think this will be something very special: thrilling, top-level racing right in the heart of the city. It’s going to be a great event for the America’s Cup and a great event for New York.”

Practice racing in New York is on May 6, with point-scoring races on the weekend of May 7-8.

Four events on the 2016 schedule have been announced to date:

Muscat, Oman – February 26-28, 2016; 
New York, USA – May 6-8, 2016;
Chicago, USA – June 10-12, 2016;
Portsmouth, UK – July 22-24, 2016;

Two additional Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events are anticipated to complete the calendar, likely in Europe in mid-September and in Asia in mid-November.

“With six events around the world in 2016 our fans will have more opportunities to enjoy America’s Cup racing and follow their favorite teams and sailors as we build towards the finals in Bermuda in 2017,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup.

“We’re excited to be able to add the new venues of Oman, New York and Chicago to the calendar, giving more fans a chance to experience the America’s Cup in person.”

The New York event is an historic milestone of sorts. America’s Cup racing was held in New York harbor and environs for 50 years, representing the first 13 challenges for the oldest trophy in international sport.

From 1870 through 1920 racing took place off New York. Beginning in 1930, the competition was moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where it remained until the United States finally lost the Cup in 1983, ending the longest winning streak in sport.

Since that time, racing for the America’s Cup has taken place in Perth (Australia); San Diego (USA); Auckland (New Zealand); Valencia (Spain); and San Francisco (USA).

In May/June 2017, the next America’s Cup will be raced for in Bermuda.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings (after three events):

Emirates Team New Zealand – 122 points
ORACLE TEAM USA – 112 points
Land Rover BAR – 109 points
Artemis Racing – 105 points
SoftBank Team Japan – 100 points
Groupama Team France – 82 points

About the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York

This event will take place from May 6-8, 2016, with official practice racing on the Friday and point-scoring races on Saturday and Sunday.

The Event Village will be in the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, while the racing will be on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City Esplanade (between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south).

The technical areas for teams, race management and America’s Cup TV production will be based at Liberty State Park and Liberty Landing Marina, across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

Sultanate of Oman to host Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in 2016

by americascup.com

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The Sultanate of Oman will create a rare slice of sporting history when it becomes the first country in the Middle East to host America’s Cup racing by staging the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman in February 2016.

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A point-scoring event for the opening wwws of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman will take place in Muscat from 27-28 February, as the curtain raiser to the 2016 season, which will be spread over six different venues around the world.

For many of the America’s Cup sailors, including Sir Ben Ainslie (Land Rover BAR), Dean Barker (SoftBank Team Japan) and Franck Cammas (Groupama Team France), the waters off the Sultanate of Oman will be familiar territory, since Muscat has been hosting high performance multihull racing every year since 2011.

Near perfect sailing conditions that consistently deliver a 10-15 knot breeze combined with a sunny climate and warm waters have made Oman a popular destination for many Olympic Classes that have chosen to www their World Championships at a time of year when the weather in Europe and North America limits training opportunities.

The driving force behind the Sultanate’s sailing activity has been Oman Sail, which was established in 2008 to create a generation of sailors and raise the Sultanate’s profile as a high end tourism destination using its centuries old traditions with the sea as a platform to promote its sporting, cultural and economic potential.

From grassroots sailing, introducing many thousands of girls and boys to the sport through its sailing schools and community programmes, through to elite participation, setting world records on its flagship MOD70 and winning two Extreme Sailing Series championships, Oman Sail has repeatedly broken new ground in its programmes both on and off the water, culminating in this exciting new development at the highest level of the sport, the America’s Cup.

“We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman here in Muscat for the first time and we are very proud and excited to welcome the America’s Cup community and its massive following to the Sultanate,” said Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion for the Ministry of Tourism.

The 2015 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in Portsmouth (UK), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Bermuda, with teams entered from the UK, USA, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan and France, attracted enormous crowds at the venues with live action followed on television by tens of millions around the world.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham believes that the wide reach of the America’s Cup will create new opportunities for the Sultanate and increase the country’s exposure around the globe.

“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of sailboat racing with a long and interesting history and we are thrilled to be hosting the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in 2016 here in Oman.

“Oman Sail has worked hard since 2008 to reconnect the people of Oman with their sailing roots and to create a generation of sailors. We have a very successful youth, women, national and international sailing programme and are actively generating socio-economic benefits for the country and contributing to the development of the Omani people through sailing. Hosting a Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event will provide huge inspiration to our sailors and take us closer to our aims.

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“The America’s Cup brand is incredibly powerful so this will be a monumental opportunity for us to showcase the Sultanate of Oman and to celebrate a landmark moment in the history of Oman Sail.”

The America’s Cup trophy took centre www at the press event hosted by The Chedi, Muscat and attended by David Graham, Oman Sail CEO, Salim Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion for the Ministry of Tourism, and Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO of Oman Air.

Also present for the announcement, Harvey Schiller, America’s Cup Commercial Commissioner, said: “Oman is an ideal place for us to open the 2016 racing calendar. It’s exciting to be bringing America’s Cup racing to this part of the world for the first time. We all look forward to adding to the success of Oman Sail with this historic event.”

In February, spectators in Muscat are in for a real treat as the foiling AC45 yachts, capable of breath taking speeds, fly across the water in front of the fans.

And with points counting towards the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017, the Oman event will give fans their first opportunity of 2016 to see all the runners and riders seeking to gain an early advantage.

la France accueillera L’America’s Cup en septembre 2016

by cuplegend.com

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A l’occasion du salon Nautic de Paris, Team France annoncera une étape française qui accueillera un America’s Cup World Series en septembre 2016. En attendant l’équipe avance sur son programme.

Après les trois ACWS de 2015 qui se sont achevés aux Bermudes, les équipes poursuivent leurs entraînements. Team France va commencer dès la semaine prochaine avec deux GC32. L’un acheté et l’autre loué à l’ENV. L’équipe s’entraînera à Quiberon avec deux équipages après le recrutement de cinq nouveaux marins qui ont rejoint l’équipe il y a un mois.

Une deuxième équipe naviguante
– Hervé Cunningham, il a déjà navigué avec l’équipe notamment en Extrem Series où il avait remplacé Devan Le Bihan et il était auparavant avec Gitana 40.

– Thomas Lebreton. Il commence la compétition à 12 ans. En 1995, il passe en Laser, puis intègre le Pôle France de Brest en 1998. Après 13 ans de Laser, dont une 6e place aux Championnats du Monde ISAF 2006, Thomas décide en 2009 de passer au Finn où il sera 3e mondial en 2011. En 2012-2013, il intègre l’équipage du MOD70 de Sidney Gavignet, Oman Sail pour les saisons 2012 et 2013.

– Olivier Herledant – Grand spécialiste du match racing, cet ingénieur est considéré comme l’un des meilleurs sinon le meilleur embraqueur du monde. Presque deux mètres de haut, des épaules de déménageur et le quintal athlétique, Olivier, c’est le gars qui winche plus vite que son ombre et qui, lorsqu’il se met au rappel, a tendance à remettre le bateau à plat.

Nicolas Heintz : Il était aux côtés d’Arnaud Psarofaghis en Extrem 40 dans l’équipe suisse, régleur. Champion de France de Match racing en 2009.

Adam Minoprio : Néo-zélandais, c’est l’un des plus jeunes champion du monde de match-racing. Il a fait la Volvo Ocean Race à bord de Camper et participer à la Coupe avec Luna Rossa. Ce sera lui le barreur du deuxième bateau.

Une partie de l’équipe participera à la Youth America’s Cup. A noter qu’Arnaud Psarofaghis, le tacticien actuel quittera l’équipe en fin d’année pour des raisons personnelles.

La construction d’un AC45Turbo
Le design Team Martin Fischer, Juan Kouyoumdjian et Horacio Carabelli sont au travail pour concevoir, avec le consultant Michel Desjoyeaux, l’AC50 le plus performant possible.Le bateau est prévu pour avril-mai 2016. L’équipe compte actuellement 25 personnes au bureau d’étude sur un total de 40 à 45 personnes au total.

Team France au Salon Nautique
L’équipe sera présente avec son AC45 au salon Nautic en décembre prochain. Ce sera l’occasion pour le public de rencontrer l’équipe. A cette occasion Team France annoncera que l’America’s Cup viendra en France l’année prochaine au mois de septembre avec une étape ACWS. Lorient, La Rochelle, Marseille et Toulon font partie des quatre villes qui pourraient cet évènement.

Un calendrier chargé l’année prochaine
L’équipe de France aura beaucoup d’occasion de s’entrainer face aux meilleurs l’année prochaine.
Le calendrier officieux des ACWS est le suivant :
– New York en mai
– Chicago en juin – Officiel
– Portsmouth en août – Officiel * les billets sont déjà en vente
– Une ville française en septembre
– Tokyo en octobre