Yacht Blog – Dramatic Qualifiers at the 35th Americas Cup, Bermuda
The 35th America’s Cup kicked off in Bermuda last week. VHR’s Yacht Blog reviews the first week’s exciting action in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.
The America’s Cup is the oldest sporting contest, launched in 1851, the event takes place approximately every 4 years, dependent on the previous edition’s winner.
The 35th edition welcomes a varied fleet of yacht classes spread across several categories. Starting with AC45F catamarans for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup. This will be followed by the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, then both Superyachts and the J-Class Regattas, to end with Endeavour Junior’s Regatta
Read more about Superyachts and J-Class at the America’s Cup on our Yacht Blog.
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, a first week full of surprises.
The first week of the 35th America’s Cup has been full of awe and admiration for the sailors managing to tame and race these incredible machines.
Photo Credit: Martin Cox: Flickr
A spectacular collision marked Race 6 (May 27th). Land Rover BAR’s boat impacting with Soft Bank One, forced a loss for UK team, Land Rover BAR CEO’s confirmed the team almost left the entire competition. All credits go to Sir Ben Ainslie and his crew, who managed to keep the boat on its foil to port, avoiding further critical damage. The highly skilled and dedicated shore team then worked overnight to get Rita (the GBR boat) ready for racing the following day.
Race 14 (May 29th) saw another major event, Swedish Team Artemis versus Emirates Team New Zealand. Crossing the line before the Kiwis, the Swedish team were forced to leave a length for their opponent. The length was declared insufficient and despite practically winning the race, the point went to the Emirates Team NZ. Nevertheless, Artemis Team can be proud to be the only team who have managed to beat Oracle Team USA twice.
Race 10 of the Qualifiers provided the masterclass of boat speed and handling. Emirates Team New Zealand achieved 100% airtime – managed to stay on their foil for the entire race, and ultimately staying ahead from Groupama Team France for 6 out 7 legs.
|ORACLE TEAM USA||1||8||2||9|
|Emirates Team New Zealand||0||8||2||8|
|Land Rover BAR||2||4||6||6|
|SoftBank Team Japan||0||3||7||5|
|Groupama Team France||0||2||6||2|
Oracle Team USA claimed 1st place in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. However, race format dictates that the Challenger Playoffs will only see New Zealand, United Kingdom, Sweden and Japan race for the ultimate challenger position. The winner of the next 4 days will be challenging Oracle Team USA for the prestigious cup.
Photo Credit: slgckgc: Flickr
The Marine Recruitment team and VHR are gripped to the yacht racing in Bermuda and looking forward to more amazing racing.
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