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59th Congressional Cup 

April 24 to 28, 2024, registration and practice april 23, live stream with live commentary from tucker thompson.

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Everything you need to know about the 37th America’s Cup

Follow the build-up to the 37th America’s Cup as the teams prepare to fight it out for the oldest sporting trophy in the world.

Which teams are in the 37th America’s Cup?

In 2021 four teams raced in fully foiling AC75 monohulls which were conceived specifically for the event by then Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

These same four teams return for the 2024 America’s Cup and will be joined by two additional teams, bringing the total number of entries up to 6.

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Emirates Team New Zealand – America’s Cup Defender

As the current holder of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand will be racing again in the 37th America’s Cup. As the Defender, the Kiwis will be guaranteed a spot in the America’s Cup regatta itself.

Any other challengers will need to race each other in preliminary regattas for the right to be the single challenger in the America’s Cup regatta itself.

Emirates Team New Zealand represent the Royal Auckland Yacht Club in America’s Cup racing.

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INEOS Britannia – America’s Cup Challenger of Record

The Challenger of Record is the name given to the first yacht club to challenge the holder of the America’s Cup once it has been won.

When Emirates Team New Zealand successfully completed their defence of the America’s Cup in 2021, the Royal Yacht Squadron immediately issued a challenge on behalf of Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK (now called INEOS Britannia), so they are Challenger of Record for the 37th America’s Cup .

INEOS Britannia and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team has strengthened an exhausting relationship, with the British challenger standing to benefit from the technical and engineering experience of the multiple World Champion F1 team.

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Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli has a very long America’s Cup history having first competed in 2000 and has taken part in every Cup since (with the exception of the unique 2010 Deed of Gift match).

For the 36th America’s Cup Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli were the challenger of record. They also won the challenger selection series so it was this Italian team who took on Emirates Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup itself.

The team will return for the 37th America’s Cup though this time they are not the official challenger of record.

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American Magic

In 2021 the New York Yacht Clubs’ American Magic was also competing, though their event was ultimately ruined by a capsize in the early part of the regatta . They did get the boat rebuilt but it never got back up to speed and they made an early exit.

The 2021 campaign marked the return of the New York Yacht Club to the America’s Cup. The NYYC held the America’s Cup from its inception in 1851 right the way through to 1983, when they were defeated by the Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Australia II .

American Magic have confirmed their entry into the 37th America’s Cup and will, once again, be representing the New York Yacht Club.

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Alinghi Red Bull Racing out training in their training AC75, purchased from Emirates Team New Zealand. Photo: Alinghi Red Bull Racing media

Alinghi Red Bull Racing

Another team making a return to the America’s Cup scene after a long break will be Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team. The Swiss team won the America’s Cup in 2003 and then completed a successful defence in 2007.

However, a serious falling out over the potential rules for the next America’s Cup saw Alinghi taken to court by Larry Ellison and his BMW Oracle team, the 2010 America’s Cup was held between Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing in a Deed of Gift match that saw the teams fight it out in huge multihulls.

BMW Oracle won the contest and Alinghi stepped away from America’s Cup racing. Their return is a welcome one and their Cup history alongside their partnership with Red Bull Racing should see them a solid challenge from the off.

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Orient Express Team France

The French entry to the 2024 America’s Cup was long rumoured but it was not until quite late in the day that they officially announced their intention to challenge.

It was in early 2023 that the official announcement came of a French AC entry, backed by Accor Group and its brands Orient Express and ALL-ACCOR Live Limitless.

As a fairly late challenge they will have a lot to do to be competitive.

What boats will be used in the 37th America’s Cup

The Protocol for the 37th America’s Cup has been released including the rules for the class of boat to be used in the next edition of the event. Once again the America’s Cup will be raced for in AC75s . These boats were first brought in ahead of the 36th America’s Cup so this will be their second outing.

The foiling monohulls will be slightly different, with rules being tweaked partly aimed at improving light wind performance and reducing crew numbers from 11 to 8.

Teams will only be allowed to build one AC75 and nationality rules are strict this time around requiring 100% of the race crew for each competitor to either be a passport holder of the country of the team’s yacht club or to have been physically present in that country for 18 months of the previous three years prior to 17th March 2021.

Emirates Team New Zealand saw success in 2017 in Bermuda with their Cyclors . These may well return for the 37th America’s Cup.

When it comes to the events, there will be up to three Preliminary Regattas, the first two raced in a new one-design class of AC40s , the last one at the Match venue in AC75s. The Challenger Selection Series and the America’s Cup Match will be held in 2024.

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Barcelona, the venue for the 37th America’s Cup

Where will the 37th America’s Cup be held?

Barcelona, Spain was selected in 2022 as the venue for the 37th America’s Cup , marking the first time a New Zealand team has chosen to defend a Cup win overseas.

The home city of Emirates Team New Zealand and the venue for the 36th America’s Cup, Auckland, had an exclusive period in which to tender for the regatta immediately after the Kiwis’ successful defence in 2021, but the sums on offer were not enough, and Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton cast the net wider internationally after rejecting a NZ$99 million (£50 million) offer from the New Zealand government.

A number venues were mooted including: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Cork, Ireland; Malaga, Spain, but Barcelona eventually won out.

When will the 37th America’s Cup be raced?

The America’s Cup will be held in 2024 in Barcelona. Racing in the 37th America’s Cup Match itself, which is a best of 13 (first to seven) format will start on Saturday 12th October 2024 and could run all the way to the 27th October should all the races be needed to pick a winner.

The America’s Cup will be proceeded by the challenger selection series, which will see which of the five challenger gets the honour to race New Zealand for the Cup itself.

The stated aim was to hold the event in the September-October window, which will allow for the Olympic Games in Paris, France to conclude and also offers a decent range of weather with wind speeds usually around the 9-15 knot mark.

Match Racing

Though the America’s Cup was first raced for in 1851 ( and won by the schooner America from which the trophy gets its name), this race was between a fleet of boats. A challenge by the British in the 1870s was also conducted as a fleet race.

By the 1880s, following a protest from the British, the America’s Cup was decided in a head-to-head match race where two boats sail against each other.

Match racing is a particular skill and encourages aggressive manoeuvres using the rules to put your opponent at a disadvantage. This cut-and-thrust racing, where the only objective is to beat your opponent, has long been at the heart of America’s Cup racing and produces a thrilling spectacle.

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Watch: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’s America’s Cup Boat Innovations

  • July 15, 2024

The 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona this autumn is getting ever closer, and as the event heaves into view we are continuing our look at the AC75s in our team-by-team design…

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‘At this stage of the America’s Cup, it’s all smiles… because no-one has yet lost…’

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Everyone in the America’s Cup world is in a good mood – which isn’t always the case. Given the years of development and more than 80,000 hours it has taken…

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Alinghi Red Bull Racing suffer catastrophic mast failure

  • June 14, 2024

America’s Cup team, Alinghi Red Bull Racing, suffered a catastrophic failure of their mast on Thursday 13 June 2024 while training on their AC75 in in Barcelona, all crew are…

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Watch: Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup boat innovations

  • June 13, 2024

The 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona this autumn is getting ever closer, something marked by all teams launching the boat upon which they will compete for the ultimate trophy in…

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Watch: The Design Secrets of Alinghi Red Bull Racing’s America’s Cup boat

  • May 24, 2024

As the sailing world eagerly counts down to the 37th America’s Cup, the spotlight in recent months has been on the cutting-edge foiling AC75s, which teams have been launching. With…

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“We’ve done something slightly different” American Magic tease first look of AC75

  • April 25, 2024

New York Yacht Club American Magic became the fifth America’s Cup team to reveal – or at least partially reveal – their AC75 when their new ‘B3’ briefly appeared out…

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Ainslie’s team reveals Britain’s new America’s Cup boat

  • April 20, 2024

The British America’s Cup team has become the fourth challengers to unveil their new AC75. INEOS Britannia revealed their AC75 in the early hours of morning, as the foiling monohull…

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More America’s Cup launches as Luna Rossa unveils their AC75

  • April 16, 2024

America’s Cup boat launches are coming thick and fast, with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli becoming the third team to launch an America’s Cup AC75 boat in the last couple of…

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America’s Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand launch their AC75

  • April 12, 2024

Last weekend saw the unveiling of the first America’s Cup boat of this cycle as Alinghi Red Bull Racing revealed the boat they will sail in the 37th America’s Cup…

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‘When they saw Ben Ainslie walk into the room it was like they’d been electrocuted’

  • April 10, 2024

Never underestimate the influence of sailing heroes. “When they saw Ben Ainslie walk into the room it was like they’d been electrocuted,” said Greig City Academy director of sixth form…

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First America’s Cup boat revealed ahead of 37th AC later this year

  • April 9, 2024

Alinghi Red Bull Racing has rolled out the boat which the Swiss team is hoping will bring them more America’s Cup glory (Switzerland under Alinghi is a two-time winner of…

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America’s Cup: Barcelona Hotels and Accommodation

  • March 1, 2024

As the oldest international competition still operating in any sport, the America’s Cup is a bucket list event for any sporting enthusiast. Dating back to around 1851, the America’s Cup…

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‘What I learned from the America’s Cup event in Jeddah’ – Matt Sheahan

Another AC40 streaked past the sea wall at 40 knots and I felt rather foolish. I’ve been following the development of these one design flying machines and reporting on their…

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British Women’s and Youth America’s Cup squads unveiled

  • February 5, 2024

The British team is seeking to win the first ever Women’s America’s Cup. It will also be aiming to defend its title as Youth America’s Cup winners, having won with…

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When is the next America’s Cup? 2024 dates released

  • January 31, 2024

The next America’s Cup will take place in Barcelona with six teams set to compete for sailing’s ultimate price from late August 2024. Dates for the Preliminary Regatta, Louis Vuitton…

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Ben Ainslie to step down as SailGP team skipper

  • January 4, 2024

Sir Ben Ainslie has announced he is stepping down as Driver of the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team. Ainslie will continue his role as CEO of Emirates GBR but will…

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Slingsby and Neuschäfer crowned Sailors of the Year 2023

  • November 15, 2023

The 2023 Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards were presented to Tom Slingsby and Kirsten Neuschäfer last night at a ceremony by World Sailing in Málaga, Spain. The popular…

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America’s Cup: What do we know about the teams with 1 year to go

  • October 13, 2023

There is now just 1 year to go until the America’s Cup proper kicks off in Barcelona, where Emirates Team New Zealand will take on the winner of the challengers…

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American Magic win first AC40 showdown at America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta

  • September 17, 2023

The second day of racing for the America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta was something of a mixed bag. Three solid fleet races in full foiling conditions were followed by an attempted…

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First America’s Cup AC40 races: France and New Zealand share wins

  • September 16, 2023

It was a day of firsts in Villanova, some 30 miles along the coast from Barcelona today: the first races in the 37th America’s Cup cycle, the first ‘proper’ races…

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The U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship (“USYMRC”) for the Rose Cup is an invitational event open to sailors who have reached their 16th birthday but not their 21st birthday during the calendar year in which the event is held. The Championship features world-class coaching and race management and serves as an outstanding training ground for young sailors who are interested in match racing and focused on competing at the next level. Invitations are by resume only. Requests for invitations received by April 1st will receive preference.

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Championship facts.

  • Type of Event: Invitation Only
  • Fleet: Provided Keelboats
  • Competitors must have reached their 16th birthday but not their 21st birthday during the calendar year in which the event is held
  • The U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship (“USYMRC”) for the Rose Cup is an invitational event based on Requests for Invitation from qualified skippers
  • Teams will consist of crews of four (4) with at least one male and one female and a maximum crew weight of 680 lbs
  • The event is expected to be a World Sailing Grade 3 Event
  • Teams may be composed of members from different yacht clubs or sailing associations

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  • At least the top skipper in the USYMRC will receive an invitation to the Governor’s Cup to be held at the Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Beach, California, provided he or she has requested an invitation to the Governor’s Cup. Click here to request an invitation to the Governor’s Cup
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Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac continues Saturday

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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of boats are sailing from Chicago towards Mackinac Island on Saturday.

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The cruising division took off Friday and the racing division began Saturday.

The Race to Mackinac is the world's longest freshwater race. The length of the race is 333 miles from Navy Pier to the Round Island Channel, just off of Mackinac Island, Michigan.

There are more than 250 boats and 2,100 racers from around the world participating.

The first Race to Mackinac took place in 1898.

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Boats participating in the Race to Mackinac pass by Navy Pier at the start of the race on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Chicago. (Vincent Alban/for Chicago Tribune)

Crews hope the weather is favorable for record-breaking year of fast finishes for boats competing in this weekend’s 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac. People come from all over the world to compete, departing a few miles out from Chicago’s Navy Pier. The finish line is between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer on Mackinac Island, both in Michigan.

Boats participating in the Race to Mackinac pass by Navy Pier at the start of the race on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Chicago. (Vincent Alban/for Chicago Tribune)

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Fast conditions forecast as 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac gets underway

  • Updated: Jul. 13, 2024, 12:49 p.m.
  • | Published: Jul. 13, 2024, 12:37 p.m.

Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac

The 115th Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac Race is this weekend. The Cruising Division got underway on Friday. Photo provided by Barry Butler, CYC Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust Barry Butler, CYC Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust

CHICAGO - If weather forecasts hold up, this could be a record-breaking year of fast finishes for boat crews competing in this weekend’s 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac.

About 250 boats are participating in this classic Lake Michigan race this year. It stretches 333 miles from Chicago to Mackinac Island. This year, 2,200 sailors are on board - and about 20% are first-timers to the race known as America’s Offshore Challenge.

The festivities kicked off Friday in Chicago, with the Cruising Division boats getting their start. Today, the Racing Division boats kick off their part of the contest. The Chicago-to-Mackinac race is heralded as the longest freshwater sailing race in the world.

You can check the progress as the competition tracks up the spine of Lake Michigan. Each entry is equipped with a satellite tracker that sends information on speed, location and direction every 15 minutes. This race tracker gives you a color-coded map .

Michigan’s Best Tip: If the winds have the competing sailboats hugging the Michigan side of the Lake Michigan coastline during the race, beachgoers in West Michigan and Northern Michigan can get an eyeful of these beautiful boats as they pass. If you’re headed to the beach, bring a pair of binoculars.

“We’re expecting a very fast race this year with possible records being broken,” race staff said on social media today. “There’s a forecast for perfect downwind conditions that accelerate the further up the lake you look.”

The race starts near Chicago’s Navy Pier, heads up Lake Michigan, rounds the top of The Mitten and sails under the Mackinac Bridge before approaching the finish line near the Round Island Lighthouse alongside Mackinac Island. The fastest boats could reach the island later Sunday.

And once the boat crews step onto Mackinac Island, it’s party time.

Many of the boats will post individual updates, photos and videos during the race. You can follow the race on social media: #CYCRTM

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