Video: the America’s Cup teams practice for the World Series in Bermuda
by Risa Merl
The America’s Cup teams are getting ready for the final showdown of the year in Bermuda, taking place October 16-18. A new video by Cup Defenders Oracle Team USA shows all the teams practicing before the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda.
In the action packed video, the high-performance America’s Cup boats fly across the water on hydro-foils. On board video feed also gives an up-close view of the intensity as Oracle Team USA makes quick maneuverers.
“It’s our first practice today, beautiful breeze in Bermuda,” Oracle Team USA’s Skipper and Helmsman Jimmy Spithill says. “Just another day in paradise really.”
In one clip of the yachts racing, the US team is in the lead, followed closely by Emirates Team New Zealand and the UK team Land Rover BAR. It’s a telling moment, as these are the top three teams going into the Bermuda event. Currently, Emirates Team New Zealand is in the lead with 72 points, followed by Land Rover BAR with 65 points and Oracle Team USA nipping at their heels with 64 points. The newest entry, SoftBank Team Japan has 56 points, Sweden’s Artemis Racing has 53 and Groupama Team France is in last place going into the Bermuda World Series with 50 points.
In the video above, Kyle Langford, Wing Trimmer for Oracle Team USA, says, “We’ve had two good events so far. This is the big one, this is the one we want to win.” The team General Manager Grant Simmer previously discussed the reasons why the World Series events are so important to Oracle Team USA.
At the end of the video, a more relaxed moment is caught on film, showing the camaraderie and fun shared by teammates in this most serious of racing competitons. As Jimmy Spithill tells the camera that “the boys were all fantastic on the boat,” he breaks into a grin and the camera shows the team laughing in the background. “The boys were just making some very, very strange gestures behind the camera,” Spithull explains, “that’s why I struggled to keep my composure, which is very rare.”
Spithill and all the competitors are sure to have their game faces on come the first day of racing during the America’s Cup World Series in Bermuda. Don’t miss a moment of the excitement with our guide on how to watch the America’s Cup.