The modern America’s cup is all about speed, and has been compared to Formula 1 racing, yet the goal of the boats in this years event in Bermuda is to almost never touch the water. Instead, they’ll fly over it.
The 35th America’s Cup will take place in Bermuda from 17-27 June 2017.
The winner of the Challenger Series will race against holders Oracle Team USA in a best-of-13 series.
Facts & Stats
1. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating The Ashes and modern Olympic Games by decades.
2. Land Rover BAR will be the first British team to challenge for the Cup in 16 years.
3. It’s the hardest trophy in sport to win. Since 1851 just four nations have won: Australia (once), New Zealand and Switzerland (twice) and the USA (28 times).
4. It’s not named after the United States. The Cup is named after a boat that raced 15 rivals in 1851 from the Royal Yacht Squadron around the Isle of Wight. The schooner America dominated the 53-mile course and beat the runner-up by a total of eight minutes.
5. The Cup itself is an ornate sterling silver bottomless ewer, one of several off-the-shelf trophies crafted in 1848 by Garrad & Co. It was purchased and donated to the Royal Yacht Squadron for its 1851 regatta.
6. Originally the race was just for two boats – the Defender and the Challenger.
The Defender and Challenger actually represent Yacht Clubs (not countries) but to date there has never been two entries from the same country, so teams are often referred to by their nationality instead.