Portugal to host first event of World
The coastal town of Cascais will play host to the first America’s Cup World
Series event, scheduled Aug. 6-14. Cascais, about 30 kilometers west of the
Portuguese capital of Lisbon, has hosted many world championship sailing events
and now it’ll host the first event of the ACWS.
The ACWS has been created to make America’s Cup racing a regular feature of
the calendar. A champion will be crowned after the first and second seasons, the
first of which will begin in August and runs through to mid-2012.
The series this summer will feature the AC45, a one-design, wingsail
catamaran created to fast track teams’ knowledge of catamaran sailing. The 45s
are a scaled version of the AC72, the catamaran that will be featured in the
America’s Cup. The first AC72s are expected in the water early next year.
Cascais, originated in the 12th century, is a suburb of Lisbon. The
Portuguese capital boasts a population of approximately 2.5 million people.
Belém, a parish of Lisbon, is famous as the port of embarkation for many of the
world’s great explorers, such as Vasco de Gamma, who set sail for India in
After the Cascais event in August, the ACWS moves to Plymouth, England, for
Event No. 2, scheduled Sept. 10-18. Plymouth, also, has a long history
associated with grand-prix racing. Plymouth hosts the start of the singlehanded
transatlantic race and also is the finish port for the legendary Fastnet
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And if you’re looking for seafaring heritage, Plymouth is loaded. In 1588 Sir
Francis Drake insisted on finishing a game of bowls on the Plymouth Hoe before
setting off to engage the Spanish Armada. And in 1620 the Pilgrims embarked on
their epic transatlantic journey aboard the Mayflower to settle a colony in
Event No. 3 of the ACWS is scheduled for San Diego, Calif., sometime between
mid-October and early December. San Diego hosted three America’s Cup matches
from 1988 to 1995 as well as many world championship regattas.
Racing is expected to be held on San Diego Bay, maximizing the racing’s
exposure to downtown San Diego. Some races were of the 1994 America’s Cup Class
World Championship were held on the bay and viewed by large crowds lining the
piers and downtown waterfront.
“We have selected venues that reflect both the prestige of the America’s Cup,
as well as can bring the action on the water to those on land,” said Richard
Worth, chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “Similar to San Francisco,
all of the inaugural AC World Series venues enable spectators to watch the
racing live, which will help expose this great sport to more people
Additional venues and dates for the ACWS will be announced in the future.
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Photos: The waterfront of Cascais
(top, Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com),
the Arc of Triumph in Lisbon (middle, Osvaldo Gago/fotografar.net), the Plymouth
Hoe (bottom, James Breeden).
Australia bids for ACWS leg
Australia could be in the running to stage at least one leg of the new
America's Cup World Series sailing competition starting later this year.
Both Sydney and Perth are believed to have registered interest in staging a
leg early next year, with the former looking at January and the latter at
The inaugural 2011/12 series will be contested by 45-foot catamarans, while
the second season will feature the 72-foot versions of the same boat that will
be used for the 2013 America's Cup.
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