The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is coming to New York on May 7-8, 2016

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Jimmy Spithill and the America's Cup Trophy in New York City ORACLE TEAM USA © Rob Tringali / ACEA

Jimmy Spithill and the America’s Cup Trophy in New York City ORACLE TEAM USA © Rob Tringali / ACEA

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is coming to New York on May 7-8, 2016.

This marks the first America’s Cup racing in New York in nearly 100 years.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill is bringing his ORACLE TEAM USA, defending champions of the America’s Cup, to race on home waters in the United States for the first time in this Cup cycle.

Emirates Team New Zealand, with World Sailors of the Year Peter Burling and Blair Tuke on board, is at the top of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard, with Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA in second place. Land Rover BAR won the first event of 2016 in Oman in February to pull within one point.

About the America’s Cup

The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851, when the yacht America, after which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, U.K. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become a symbol of immense achievement. It is perhaps the hardest trophy in sport to win. In it’s 165-year history, only four countries have managed to win the America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, U.S.A.. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.

On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America’s Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America’s Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America’s Cup in May/June 2017.

The America’s Cup is honored to partner with Louis Vuitton as the title partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Louis Vuitton is also the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

The America’s Cup is also proud to be supported by BMW, Bremont, ORACLE, XL Catlin, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Gosling’s, Sperry and Sail Racing; as well as: Appleby, BF&M, Butterfield, Butterfield & Vallis, Moët & Chandon, PwC and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.

 

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