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America's Cup Barcelona 2024

Updated January 2024

Barcelona hosts the 37th America’s Cup in September and October of 2024. The America's Cup race organizers have announced that the event will be free for the public to enjoy. Albert Vilumara is the corporate director of America's Cup Event Barcelona and he is confident that Barcelona will be "the world capital of yachting" during the event.

The current defender of the America's Cup is Emirates Team New Zealand which, as current holder of the Cup, is responsible for choosing the venue and organizing the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup. The "challenger" teams are the British Ineos Britannia , the Swiss Alinghi Red Bull Racing , the Italian Luna Rossa Pirelli Prada Team , the American NYYC American Magic and the French Orient Express Racing Team.

The competition will take place just off the areas between the Port Olímpic and the Hotel Vela, just 200 metres off the coastline. The Moll de la Fusta pier in the Ciutat Vella hosts the America's Cup village. The entire period from the first to the last race lasts 14 weeks.

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Barcelona becomes the first city in the world to host both an Olympic Games (1992) and now an America’s Cup event. America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton is delighted to announce Barcelona as the Host Venue after a long and competitive venue selection process.

“Barcelona really is one of the most recognised cities in the world so to have the ability to host the most recognised sailing event in the world is hugely exciting. As Defender of the America’s Cup, we have always felt the responsibility to grow the event, the audience, and the sport of sailing on a global scale and certainly having the event hosted in a significant city such as Barcelona will allow us to propel the growth trajectory on the global sporting stage. When thinking ahead to the 37th America’s Cup and the AC75’s racing within a few hundred metres of the Barcelona beach, waterfront, and race village fan engagement zones it will be nothing less than spectacular.”

The America's Cup starts with a preliminary competition called the Prada Cup also in Barcelona prior to the America's Cup. The Prada Cup is a sailing competition held to determine the challenger who will race against the defender in the America's Cup.

The America's Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious trophies in international sports, and it's contested in a series of match races between two sailing yachts. The winner of the America's Cup becomes the defender and is responsible for organizing the next edition of the competition.

The Prada Cup serves as the selection series for the challenger who will go on to compete against the current holder of the America's Cup. It is named after its sponsor, the Italian fashion brand Prada, and is also known as the Challenger Selection Series. The format of the Prada Cup can vary depending on the edition, but it typically involves multiple challenger teams competing in a series of races. The team that performs the best in the Prada Cup earns the right to challenge the defender in the America's Cup match.

The America's Cup is known for its high-tech and high-performance sailing yachts, and the competition attracts top sailors and designers from around the world. The Prada Cup adds an additional layer of excitement to the overall event by determining which challenger will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious America's Cup.

The competition will take place just off the areas between the Port Olímpic and the Hotel Vela, just 200 metres off the coastline. The Moll de la Fusta pier in the Ciutat Vella hosts the America's Cup village. The entire period from the first to the last race lasts 14 weeks.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2024 09:33

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