above> oracle wins highly innovative and controversial america’s cup 2013
louis vuitton america’s cup world series qualifier race / navy pier chicago / 10 > 12 june 2016
chicagoan’s and visitors, here’s a chance to see one-design ac45f foil catamarans, not on cnn or youtube but in vitro. the event organizers have marketed the chicago round of the america’s cup under the tagline “the windy city is made for this.” we’ll soon find out. some of us are a little disappointed the racecourse is located entirely within chicago’s protective breakwater for safety concerns over choppy lake water conditions. but with moderate wind pressure the high-tech carbon fiber catamarans will raise onto their hydrofoils. they have reached 40 knots / 46mph in open sea conditions. for the first time in its 165-year history, the event will take place on a non-saltwater body of water.
grandstand seats at navy pier’s race village sold old months ago, general admission tickets are still available on the event’s website.
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bmw is more than major sponsor of oracle team usa’s america cup racing yacht. bmw brings significant engineering and testing capabilities to the team and the company even assigns certain engineers to the team for the entire competition.
design changes have netted a three-fold increase in top speed. with this speed comes a nine-fold increase in drag. the new boats are lighter and shorter and have been honed aerodynamically.
the biggest change over the last ten years of america’s cup yachts is that the current boats “fly” or foil. at speeds around 17- 20 knots, the twin hull catamaran comes up out of the water on carbon fiber foils. these new boats can reach speeds of 50 knots, yet can turn and stop on a dime. as these boats get faster and faster, proven design technology becomes more important.
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the six teams include five challengers: sweden’s artemis racing, emirates team new zealand, groupama france, great britain’s land rover and softbank team japan. the defending america’s cup winner: oracle team usa. points will determine the seeding for the 35th america’s cup final scheduled to take place next year in bermuda. below> october 2015, louis vuitton america's cup world series bermuda
above> oracle wins highly innovative and controversial america’s cup 2013[ official release ] chicago made maritime history today with lake michigan chosen as the first freshwater venue to host america’s cup racing in the event’s 164-year history.
the louis vuitton america’s cup world series chicago, a qualifying event for the 2017 america’s cup in bermuda, will take place at navy pier from 10 > 12 june 2016.
additionally, organizers announced that chicago-based cme group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, will be the first foundation partner of the louis vuitton america’s cup world series chicago event.
“chicagoans continue to prove their affinity for all sports and now they have the opportunity to add america’s cup sailing to the list. we have no doubt that our amazing city, its residents and beautiful lake michigan will deliver the ultimate experience for the international sailing community.” said desiree rogers, choose chicago chair.
navy pier, celebrating its centennial in 2016, will serve as event headquarters 10 > 12 june 2016, and include a ticketed viewing area, entertainment and vip hospitality areas for fans to enjoy as the high-performance 45’ foiling catamarans race by at 40+ mph close to the shore.
“we are looking forward to a historic year in 2016 at navy pier,” said marilynn gardner, president and ceo, navy pier inc. “we will celebrate our centennial and an event like the louis vuitton america’s cup world series chicago is a tremendous opportunity to welcome new and returning maritime enthusiasts and casual fans to the pier. there is no better way to showcase our newly renovated and reimagined public spaces to the world.”
oracle team usa, the defending america’s cup champion, has close ties to the “windy city.” larry ellison, the team’s principal, grew up in chicago and studied at the university of illinois and the university of chicago. oracle team usa team member matt cassidy called chicago home for the past five years before relocating to bermuda this past spring.
“chicago is a world-class city, and navy pier’s lakefront architecture creates the perfect sailing venue to showcase the excitement of the modern america’s cup,” said sir russell coutts, america’s cup event authority chief executive officer and five-time america’s cup winner. “regardless of wind direction, spectators are guaranteed up-close racing action.”
chicago’s selection as a host for the louis vuitton america’s cup world series is due in large part to don wilson, a passionate sailor, longtime chicagoan and ceo of drw, a chicago-based principal trading firm. he founded the chicago match race center (cmrc) in 2009 with the goal to bring world-class match racing to the shores of lake michigan. cmrc is the host management company for the event.
“when the international sailing world arrives in chicago next summer, they will understand why lake michigan is called the third coast,” said wilson, chairman, louis vuitton america’s cup world series chicago.
“today’s announcement is just the beginning. thanks to our partners, including navy pier, the chicago sports commission and cme group, we are building the foundation for stadium sailing and the america’s cup in chicago.”
for more information about the louis vuitton america’s cup world series chicago event, visit http://acws-chicago.americascup.com/
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