AC37 – Six months until racing begins on August 22nd

It is the greatest spectacle in the sailing world, noted for its sheer intensity and undoubtedly one of the hardest sporting feats to accomplish. In just six months’ time, the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup will begin and see the finest sailing and design teams in the world go head-to-head for the oldest trophy in international sport.

The anticipation is building, with commentators now unable to call the favourite from the six teams entered representing some of the most prestigious yachts clubs in the world from New Zealand, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, USA and France. And now it’s just six months until the culmination of thousands of hours both on the water and in the super-computers and simulators of design offices around the world, come to fruition.

Echoing the city’s magnificent hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, in Spain and its diverse, multi-cultural population have embraced the America’s Cup, taking the contest, and its back-story, to their hearts.

There are also six months left for the 2,300 volunteers to start their participation in the event. The more than 5,600 people who have registered to volunteer in Barcelona 2024 will reach the end of the training and creation phase of the volunteer team in the coming weeks, which will end with the final allocation of support positions.

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup

The harbours of Port Vell and Port Olímpic are transforming into the ultimate event venue and will include the main America’s Cup Race Village together with interactive fan zones, stage and jumbo screens, teams, and sponsor activations, all of which will be completely free to access for all–in short, if you are in Barcelona between August and October 2024, you won’t miss the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup and with the racing taking place directly in front of the Barcelona waterfront, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for spectators and fans to witness.

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup

For spectators planning to visit, the event programme and activities officially start on the 22nd August ahead of the final Preliminary Regatta which runs through to the 25th August. The Louis Vuitton Cup, to decide the ultimate Challenger, begins with Round Robin stages from the 29th August and culminates in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final (first to 7) concluding on the 5th October with contingency through to the 9th October depending on weather.

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup

The Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match is a first to win 7 races series, starting on the 12th October. The Match could finish on 18th October if one team wins 7:0 and there are no race day delays due to weather or it could go on until 27th October (latest possible date) if reserve days are used due to weather and the racing is super close–such as a 7:6 final score.

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup

In recent weeks, anticipation and intrigue has been rapidly rising with the announcements from Emirates Team New Zealand, the Defender of the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup, Alinghi Red Bull Racing, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, and INEOS Britannia (the Challenger of Record) about the imminent launch of their new AC75 yachts in just two months’ time. With team member comments about how ‘radical’ the new designs will be and how ‘intense’ the build phase has been, speculation as to what will be revealed is rife.

What we know is that the boats will be the pinnacle of design, laid out for just eight crew-members to save weight and with wide span wings to promote easy flight, these boats will easily be capable of speeds well in excess of 50 knots and over 100 km/h. Intrigue still surrounds the launch dates for both NYYC American Magic and Orient Express Racing Team who have opted for slightly later launch and training strategies.

With all six boats in Barcelona in the summer, suddenly the event will seem very real, and with time the greatest enemy for all the campaigns, the clock is ticking. A contest where famously ‘There is no second’–only one team will ultimately be victorious.

Whilst the senior teams contest for the ultimate prize, the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup, Barcelona will also be playing host to the ultimate pathway programme for Women & Youth athletes with the inaugural Puig Women’s America’s Cup and the return of the UniCredit Youth America’s Cup. 

Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup

Both of these events will be contested in World Sailing’s ‘Boat of the Year 2023’–the exciting, AC40 class, capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots–that will be fully equalised and will reward the very best sailors. What Barcelona will witness is the arrival of future America’s Cup champions and the next generation–the foiling generation–of world class athletes.

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