Portuguese American Journal

2011 America’s Cup World Series begins in Cascais – Portugal

The America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta will begin in Cascais, Portugal, August 6-14.  A record of 15 teams, from 12 countries will be competing. The race  will feature wing sail AC45 catamarans measuring 72 feet overall.

For event 2 the ACWS moves to Plymouth, England, scheduled for September 10-18.

The cup finals will take place in San Diego, California — mid-October and early December — dates to be confirmed.

The current list of vetted and accepted competitors is a geographically diverse field: Aleph Equipe De France (France), Artemis Racing (Sweden), China Team (China), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), Energy Team (France), Mascalzone Latino (Italy), Oracle Racing (USA), Team Australia (Australia), and five undisclosed teams.

The  America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) is the most important worldwide sailing competition. There will be races in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The winner of each annual series will be declared the America’s Cup World Champion for that year. There will be three regattas in 2011, seven in 2012, and three in 2013.

The 34th America’s Cup will be sailed in 2013 in San Francisco, California with 72-foot wing-sail catamarans.

Cascais, the venue for the first event of the ACWS,  is located about 30 kilometers west of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. It has hosted many world championship sailing events in the past, including numerous World and European yachting championships, such as the ISAF worlds in 2007.

Cascais’ rich architectural heritage, luxury hotels, elegant shops and restaurants, and premier golf courses, is a prime European tourism destination.  This world-class seaside resort, featuring a mild climate with sandy beaches, is known for its beauty.

The Ameria’s Cup Challenger Series is once again called the “Louis Vuitton Cup,” recognizing the brand’s long partnership with the America’s Cup. In addition, Louis Vuitton is Official Timekeeper for the America’s Cup World Series competitions.

The San Diego AC World Series stop is being hosted by Sailing Events Association San Diego. For this event, SEA San Diego will work closely with the Port of San Diego, the San Diego Port Tenants Association, as well many other organizations.

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