America’s Cup World Series : Naples on tap, Newport to get national coverage

Wednesday, 07 March 2012

The first 2012 event of the America’s Cup World Series takes place in Naples, Italy, April 7-15 and the regatta format has been released.

The program is an exciting mix of race formats, ensuring the sailors are tested across their full skill range. Match racing, fleet racing and speed trials against the clock will push the best sailors in the world as they match wits against each other in the challenging AC45 wing-sailed catamaran.

“We’ve made a few tweaks to the format since the AC World Series events last year,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We’ve consulted with the teams and been able to take the lessons learned from those first three events and apply them going forward. I think we have a strong program now; each race in the Championship events is meaningful for the title races, but every team will now be racing each day, which is also important.”

When the 2011-12 season draws to a close in Newport, RI, the America’s Cup will be back on national television in the United States after a 20-year hiatus. On July 1, the final day of the AC World Series Newport will be broadcast live on NBC, coast to coast, featuring the winner-take-all race that not only determines the event champion but also the outright overall winner of the inaugural six-event America’s Cup World Series.

Currently after three events, Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker sits on top of the leaderboard with 55 points, while the American team on ORACLE Racing Spithill (helmed by Jimmy Spithill) is nipping at their heels with 54 points and skipper Terry Hutchinson and his Artemis Racing of Sweden lies third with 40 points.

With opportunities to rack up points through further AC World Series stops in Naples (April 7-15) and Venice (May 12-20) before getting to the series closer in Newport (June 23 – July 1), there is certain to be stiff competition in the back half of this first AC World Series season.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 March 2012 )