Video: America’s Cup teams prep for World Series in Gothenburg
by Risa Merl
The America’s Cup teams will face off in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 29-30 for the second round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. Notably, it’s the first time there has been America’s Cup racing in Sweden.
“It’s an incredibly proud moment for Artemis Racing and the whole of Sweden to be hosting the America’s Cup World Series,” says Swedish team Artemis Racing’s Skipper Iain Percy in the video below. The film highlights the excitement surrounding the upcoming event, Artemis Racing’s goals to win the Cup and what Gothenburg offers as a venue.
The racing action in Gothenburg will centre around a 50,000 sqm Race Village in Firhamnen, set in the heart of the city. Visitors are welcome for a variety of free activities and concerts.
The AC45 boats that the World Series is raced in will be launched on August 27, and teams will start to prepare for the competition, with the official training day taking place on August 28.
Then the racing will kick off on Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30, with four point-scoring races planned. The team with the best overall results will win the Gothenburg World Series.
Spectators can watch the racing from the shorelines, TV screens in the race village or out on the water on spectator yachts. Another apt venue is the Oscar II Fort, which overlooks the racecourse.
For those not lucky enough to be there in person, many international sports TV networks will be broadcasting the live racing such as BT Sport in the UK, Canal+ in France, CCTV5+ in China and Fox Sports in Australia, while NBC/NBCSN in the US will be showing highlights. For more options, visit www.americascup.com.
As another way that the America’s Cup is going mainstream, there is now an America’s Cup app. The free app can be downloaded on iPhones or Android devices, and it will keep fans updated with America’s Cup news, photos and race results. Upgrade to the premium AC+ function and enjoy live streaming race coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg, as teams battle it out to rack up more points.
“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.
The British team Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, won the first AC World Series in Portsmouth, UK last month. All the teams will be looking to up the ante. “I’m sure the others will be looking to improve, none more so than [Swedish team Artemis Racing], which has a boat stacked with Olympic champions,” says Coutts. “They definitely have the talent, and they will certainly want to put on a better performance in front of their home crowd in Gothenburg."