With all eyes turning to the next round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth (details on that event can be found here), it is important to remember that two more rounds remain in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in 2016. After the event concludes in Portsmouth, America’s Cup athletes and crews will be headed to Toulon, France and Fukuoka, Japan, where everything will be put on the line.
With unpredictably at the heart of America’s Cup racing action (as fans have seen already in Oman, New York, and Chicago), it would be bold to predict which team will be taking the honors in Toulon or Fukuoka. Last time out, Artemis Racing took the regatta win in Chicago, but Land Rover BAR will be pushing as hard as they can to win in Portsmouth as there can be no sweeter taste of victory than that achieved on home waters.
“We’re really looking forward to racing at home in Portsmouth and trying to perform well in front of our home crowd,” said Land Rover BAR skipper Ben Ainslie, at the end of the Chicago event. “We won the event last year as a new team and we’d love to have another strong showing.”
After Portsmouth, the teams will have around just under seven weeks to prepare for Toulon, the first time the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series has visited the beautiful French city and the only stop the series will have in the Mediterranean. From September 10th – 11th, Groupama Team France will have a fantastic opportunity to raise Le Tricolore in front of some of the world’s most passionate sailing fans, France being a country with a rich heritage in sailing and somewhere that celebrates sailing endeavor like nowhere else in the world.
“We can not wait to race there. This is the first Cup racing in France for a long time and we’re excited to showcase French sailing and technology through the competition,” says Franck Cammas, the skipper of Groupama Team France. “The waters of Toulon have a beautiful bay, well protected. If we have the Mistral winds, it will make for fantastic races.”
Once the warm waters of the Mediterranean are but a distant memory, it will be Fukuoka, Japan, from November 18th to 20th that will be the stage upon which the America’s Cup’s spectacular foiling machines will be fighting again, for the sixth and final Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event of 2016.
The Fukuoka event truly breaks new ground for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, staging its first ever regatta in Asia, and taking SoftBank Team Japan home to fight for victory in front of the team’s home fans for the first time. Japanese fans will be turning out in their thousands to show support for their team, and with SoftBank Team Japan’s recent successes in Chicago as proof positive of how competitive the team has become in its short life so far, they can expect to have a lot to cheer for every time Dean Barker and his crew take to the water.
“We’re taking small steps as a new team, but they’re all in the right direction,” said SoftBank Team Japan skipper Dean Barker. “We’re very excited to be performing better on the water, and looking ahead to racing in November in Japan, the entire team will be looking to show everyone what the America’s Cup is all about.”
Practice racing will begin in Portsmouth on July 22 and official racing will be underway on July 23 and 24. Catch all of the action with the America’s Cup app or, for fans in the UK, come by the Sperry tent in the retail area all weekend. The Sperry team will be branding shoes and offering America’s Cup products for fans and customers in the America’s Cup Village near Southsea Common in Portsmouth. For more details visit our blog post here.
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