The regatta director has issued the dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series. Taking place in 2013, the objective of the challenger series is to build and identify the strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America’s Cup Finals. The next Louis Vuitton Cup will consist of five stages. All challengers will participate in at least the first three before eliminations begin. The first day of racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup will be July 4th, 2013, and the last possible day of racing will be September 1.
The first three stages of the competition will be used to select four semi finalists:
- Series 1: A series of 4 fleet races. Each race will score 10 points for the winner, 6 points for second place, 2 points for third place. No points are awarded for subsequent places.
- Series 2: A Round Robin Match Race Series. The winner of each race will score 10 points, the loser no points.
- Series 3: A Round Robin Match Race Series. The winner of each race will score 12 points, the loser no points.
The top four teams at the conclusion of these first three series will proceed to the semi finals, with the top ranked challenger racing the fourth place team and the second ranked team racing the third placed.
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