The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about two monster wing-sailed catamarans going head-to-head in open waters.
There had been nine contests for the America’s Cup before Athens held its first modern world games in 1896. Despite its simple name, the The America’s Cup consists of a string of fiercely competitive events: the Louis Vuitton Cup (Jul. 7 – Aug. 30), the Youth America’s Cup (Sep. 1 – 4) and the America’s Cup Finals (Sep. 7 – 21) at San Francisco Bay.
The Cup will feature some of the world’s fastest boats, which pair speed with intimidating size. The high-tech grand prix race boat, the AC45, is powered by a wing that towers over 20 meters above the deck.
At the helm of multihull yachts will be some of the world’s top sailors. The line-up includes Quadruple Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie the current holder of the prestigious Jules Verne Trophy, and Francesco Bruni, who has won 7 world, 5 European and 15 Italian championships in different classes.
This year is the 34th edition of the iconic, adrenaline-fueled event. Follow @americascup and @americascupLIVE on Twitter to stay up to date as the races tear through San Francisco.