The competing America’s Cup teams all arrived in Gothenburg earlier this week and have been busy setting up their AC45’s in the Race Village.
On Thursday 26 August, when the Race Village opens, the boats will hit the water and the teams will get a chance to train for the first time on the Race Arena in Langedrag, with practice racing scheduled for Friday. The first of four races starts on Saturday at 1pm and on Sunday afternoon we will know which team that has claimed first position in the event.
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg is an opportunity for the teams to put more points on the board that will count towards the penultimate racing in Bermuda in 2017
For Iain Percy, the event in Gothenburg isn’t t only a chance to show the team’s foiling AC45 for the Swedish audience; the hometown favourites are also determined to get a better result than they got in the opening event in Portsmouth where they finished at the bottom of the scoreboard.
“It was an unacceptable result for us in Portsmouth and while it was only two races, and I don’t think it reflects our level, the result still counts. We have to do better this weekend because the level of competition is very high. It’s funny that the best sailors in the world compete in this event, yet none of us are very experienced in these boats. What you see is quite loose sailing at times”.
Fredrik Loof, Olympic Gold medallist in the star class in London 2012, will not be sailing on board Artemis Racing this weekend due to an injury and will instead take the role of coaching the team. Kalle Torlén will take his place this on Artemis Racing’s AC45.
Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority, “In the first event last month in Portsmouth, Ben Ainslie was clearly better than the rest and deserved to win. Peter Burling was also very impressive in his first start for Emirates Team New Zealand,”
“However, I’m sure the others will be looking to improve, none more so than Artemis which has a boat stacked with Olympic champions. They definitely have the talent and they will certainly want to put on a better performance in front of their home crowd in Gothenburg.”
The six teams and helmsman in the field for Gothenburg are:
Artemis Racing, Nathan Outteridge
Emirates Team New Zealand, Peter Burling
Groupama Team France, Franck Cammas
Land Rover BAR, Ben Ainslie
ORACLE TEAM USA, Jimmy Spithill
Softbank Team Japan, Dean Barker
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard:
1. Land Rover BAR – 19 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand – 18
3. ORACLE TEAM USA – 16
4. Groupama Team France – 13
5. Softbank Team Japan – 13
6. Artemis Racing – 11
For America’s Cup fans around the world, there are a number of different ways to follow the high-octane racing in Gothenburg. Many of the international television broadcast rights holders will show live racing Saturday and Sunday, others will have the highlight show.
Networks like BT Sport (UK), Canal+ (FRA), CCTV5+ (CHN) and FOX Sports (AUS) are among those to show live racing. NBC/NBCSN in the US will show highlights. Visit americascup.com for additional information on where you can watch the race in your country.