Get Ready for America’s Cup!
Proudly holding the rank as the oldest international sporting trophy, the America’s Cup is awarded to the winner of an international yacht racing competition. Although not as heavily publicized as the Super Bowl, the prestige and history of America’s Cup is unparalleled in the boating world and beyond. It is not just an event for the world’s top sailors and yacht designers, but also draws major sponsors, as well as affluent entrepreneurs. It is a test of sailing skills, boat design, in addition to a conglomerate effort of fund-raising and management. Excitement abounds as we approach the 35th America’s Cup sponsored by Louis Vuitton and taking place in Bermuda. Currently, the qualifying matches are taking place as everyone prepares to find out which challenges will take on the three-time defending champion, award winning Oracle Team USA.
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This year’s America’s Cup is not without controversy as a myriad of new rules has been rolled out to enhance the safety of all who participate. With boats reaching speeds of nearly 50mph, while facing unpredictable weather and current patterns, it is important that clear cut regulations are in play. Of course, not all support these changes, which is partially why it has been a full four years since the previous America’s Cup which took place in San Francisco Bay in 2013. After jumping through hoops and clearing up all kinds of red tape, the America’s Cup Event Authority was finally able to gain permission from World Sailing to write its own version of the Racing Rules of Sailing which will be implemented this year.
Even the stars come out for this exciting experience, and this year’s America’s Cup Opening Ceremony boasted the likes of first class acts, like Wyclef Jean. Oscar-winning actors, such as Michael Douglas and Tom Cruise also got into the celebration, as well as royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate.
In fact, this competition is so popular that tickets to Opening Day have been sold out for months, but never fear, there are still spots available for the spectator experience if you are in the market. It truly is an event to remember, so even if you can’t afford a quick jaunt down to Bermuda, be sure and stay tuned for continuing coverage and updates regarding the qualifiers on the official America’s Cup website.
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