America’s Cup 2017: Everything You Need To KnowWhat is it that makes the 35th edition of the America’s Cup, starting on May 26, so special? We take a look at the youngest and smallest crews, fastest boats and skippers who are ready to give everything
Over the last decade, the speed of yacht racing has increased by a factor of five and the age of the competitors has dropped by 10 years. When the 35th edition of the America’s Cup takes place in Bermuda in June and the new AC50 catamaran, it will mark the beginning of an entirely new sport.
Learn more about its history and developments here:
Following the first America’s Cup in 1851 – and for the majority of the event’s history – gains in speed were incremental. Thanks to the arrival of hydrofoils in 2013, boats now literally fly above the surface. With the new AC50, it’s like Formula One on the water.
Learn more about the AC50 catamaran here:
The AC72 yachts at the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco required a crew of 11. In Bermuda this year, just six men will serve on each AC50 racing yacht. Forget the image of rotund guys wearing blazers – these sailors are svelte athletes.
Here’s more about their functions on the boat and how they stay fit:
Since his America’s Cup debut at 20, skipper Jimmy Spithill has been at the forefront of revolutionary changes in the world of sailing. This year, the Oracle Team USA helmsman is aiming for his thrid America’s Cup win.
Learn more about new technologies and increased risks in this interview with Spithill: