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April 21, 2013

Regatta: America’s Cup World Series 2013 Races begin in Naples, Italy

America's Cup, Global Giants

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America's Cup, Global Giants

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America's Cup, Global Giants

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America's Cup, Global Giants

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America's Cup, Global Giants

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Photos: America’s Cup World Series Regatta 2013, Naples, Italy. April 18, 2013. © Gilles Martin Raget for America’s Cup.

The best sailors in the world have come to Naples, Italy, for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013 (April 16-21).

Oracle Team USA, the home team in the United States, charged with defending the America’s Cup in 2013, is currently leading the 2012-13 series.

America’s Cup World Series Naples Championship Standings
(Provisional, after 4 of 7 scheduled races)

  1. Oracle Team USA (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA)
  2. Energy Team (Yacht Club de France, Paris, France)
  3. Emirates Team New Zealand (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand)
  4. J.P. Morgan BAR (Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, England)
  5. Luna Rossa Piranha (Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Palermo, Italy)
  6. Luna Rossa Swordfish Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Palermo, Italy)
  7. Artemis Racing White (Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Stockholm, Sweden)
  8. HS Racing (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA)
  9. China Team (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Mei Fan Yacht Club, China)

The America’s Cup World Series features up to 11 of the top sailing teams in the world. The America’s Cup World Series has been staged in America and Europe since 2011. High-tech catamarans with wingsails, which demand every ounce of energy from their crews, face off at dazzling speeds down narrow courses in regattas staged right off the coast, creating a breathtaking experience for fans.

The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport.

One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name. It consists of 3 different stages — the America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup (used as the selection series to determine who will race the Defender), and the America’s Cup Finals.

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