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The America's Cup is pure sailing gold

Its fast, exhilarating and one of the most competitive sporting events in the world, this is the America’s Cup. The race finals are from 7th to 21st September in San Francisco Bay, California for the first time ever, where Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA) will be defending the title.

The fierce battle for the cup begins with a selection process to find the official challenger for the cup each year, as only two boats go head to head in this race. The Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, is held to determine this.

The 2013 competition will be raced in two super fast AC72 wing sail catamarans. This is indeed one of the hardest events to win as only the United States, New Zealand, Switzerland and Australia have ever managed it, throughout its history. In fact the US held the longest record as defenders of the cup from 1857 until 1983 – now that’s what you call a winning streak - until Australia finally grasped victory.

Interestingly, the cup is the oldest trophy still in use in any sport around the globe. Its history is long and prestigious, starting in 1851, it was awarded in an English race around the Isle of Wight Race by the Royal Yacht Squadron. It was won by a boat called America and from there on in was known as the America’s Cup.

World class designers, sailors and sponsors are involved in this event and it attracts a huge amount of wealthy backers. It actually costs approximately $100,000 dollars to even think about entering this race.

The competition in San Francisco will be the first time the event has been held in the US since 1995. The conditions are perfect for the sailing race here with good wind conditions and a challenging tidal system to compete in. The new catamarans literally ‘fly’ on their hydrofoils and will be an exciting sight on the water!

Spectators be prepared to be enthralled by this exciting, fast-paced race. Set in such a beautiful city and with a whole host of activities happening around the race itself, it’s pure sailing magic!

For more information please go to http://www.americascup.com/en/

 

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