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Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing surges into Gothenburg

America’s Cup action continues this week, as the fleet descends upon Gothenburg, Sweden for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, with racing from August 29-30.

“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,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA).

“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,” continued Coutts. “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.”

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series prepares for Gothenburg

2015 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series© ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard is as follows:

Land Rover BAR ​​​- 19 points
Emirates Team New Zealand ​- 18
ORACLE TEAM USA​​​ – 16
Groupama Team France​​ – 13
Softbank Team Japan​​​ – 13
Artemis Racing – ​​​11

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

To view sailor profiles and team information, please visit the americascup.com website and click on the “Teams” tab.

About the Home Team — Artemis Racing

Sweden boasts a centuries old tradition of sailing and first challenged for the America’s Cup in 1977. Today, some of the world’s finest professional sailors hail from the country, including local hero Olympic champion Freddy Lööf, a critical crew member of the America’s Cup Swedish syndicate ARTEMIS RACING, the hometown favorite heading into Gothenburg.

“Artemis Racing has never competed at home before,” said skipper Nathan Outteridge. “So we’re very excited to get there and pay back the support we have in Sweden. It’s going to be awesome. The race course is going to be very tight and compact, which is great for racing and for the spectators to watch it.”

Artemis Racing has a multinational crew comprising some of the most successful and respected sailors and designers in the world. Collectively, the sailing team has competed in 23 Olympics Games, winning 11 medals, 7 gold. Artemis Racing represents Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS – the Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world.

Gothenburg Race/Event Schedule

The hub of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will be the 50,000 square meter Race Village in Frihamnen, in the heart of Gothenburg. Visitors can enter the area for free and enjoy activities, concerts and entertainment during the entire event.

August 27th is the designated Tech Day when the AC45F’s are launched and the teams prepare for racing. Then Friday, August 28th marks the official Training Day at the Race Arena in Långedrag. Practice racing takes place during this time.

Four point scoring races are planned for Saturday and Sunday, August 29th-30th, and the team with the best overall result from these races will win the event. The full event schedule is available at:  acws-gothenburg.americascup.com/en/gothenburg.html

Spectators can follow the racing up close from the shoreline surrounding the Race Arena in Långedrag, from spectator boats on water or on wide screens in the Race Village. Additionally, Oscar II Fort, a facility overlooking the racecourse, will be opened up for visitors for a charge of 50 Krona during the races.

How to Watch Around the World

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.

AC Goes Digital with the America’s Cup App

To make it easier for fans to tune in on-the-go, wherever they may be in the world, America’s Cup has launched the new America’s Cup App, available for Android and iOS mobile devices via Google Play and the Apple iTunes store. (The app is not optimized for computers.) 
The app is free to download and has news, photos and race results.

The America’s Cup App also offers enhanced online coverage through the premium AC+ feature.  AC+ will feature live streaming coverage of the races (subject to territorial restrictions) as well as an enhanced ‘second screen’ experience featuring on board cameras, video extras, social chat features and behind-the-scenes storytelling. AC+ is a paid service, available for US$7.99 for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg.

“AC+ is about giving a more immersive experience to the viewer,” says Antonio Bertone, the Chief Marketing Officer of the 35th America’s Cup. “Via the re-launched America’s Cup App, the viewer can decide how to watch the racing, by following the broadcast or focusing in on a favorite team via the on-board cameras.”

For ongoing information specific to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg, please visit:

Online: acws-gothenburg.americascup.com/en/home.html

by America’s Cup, Cathy McLean

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