All you need to know about the 2017 America’s Cup
We’re sad to say there are no Australian teams competing in the America’s Cup this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re not involved. Aussies are skippering 3 teams, and we’re hoping at least one takes home The Auld Mug.
Here’s what else you should now about the prestigious race.
A quick history
The America’s Cup was born all the way back in 1851. It kicks off every 4 years and is arguably one of the most esteemed yacht races in history.
Not only does the Cup push teams to the limit of their abilities, it also relies on a high level of management and technology.
Historically, America, New Zealand and Switzerland have had the most successful teams, but we can’t forget Australia’s epic win on Australia II in 1983.
Jimmy Spithill returns
Aussie skipper Jimmy Spithill is back this year, skippering Oracle Team USA in the hope of bringing home a third consecutive win for the crew.
Aussie Ky Hurst (a former Iron Man) will join Jimmy on the Oracle as a grinder.
The team has had ample training time in Bermuda – where the race will be held this year – giving them a significant tactical advantage.
How the America’s Cup works
The event is divided into a number of match races, with two yachts per race (one defender and one challenger) in one-on-one round robins.
Each round is designed to determine who will face last year’s winner. This year, Team Oracle USA will defend their title.
6 teams in total face off (including Team Oracle USA), with the top 4 reaching the semi-finals.
Dates to remember
5 to 9 June – Semi-finals
- The top 4 qualifiers split into 2 ‘best-of-9’ races.
- 2 races happen per day.
- The defending team (Team Oracle USA) drops off at this point.
11 to 13 June – Final
- The top 2 verse each other in a best-of-9 series.
- This race determines who will secure a spot in the top match.
18 to 19 June – America’s Cup
- Yes, this is the big one!
- Defending champs Team Oracle USA verse top challengers in a best-of-13 series of races. (First to 9 wins.)
- On the first 2 days, 4 races take place.
- Then there’s 5 days off before the Cup starts up again.
How to view the America’s Cup
Watch each race live on Fox Sports Australia. It’s also available to stream on Foxtel Play. The first qualifiers are on Fox Sports Channel 505 this Saturday at 6am (EST). There is also a replay happening at 5.45pm (EST).
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