America’s Cup Authority Announces New Focus

In an effort to retain focus on the America’s Cup, the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) will shift its attention from the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events this spring to San Francisco’s “Summer of Sailing.”

The “Summer of Sailing” will start with the Louis Vuitton Cup beginning July 4th and culminate with the America’s Cup finals which start on September 7, 2013.

“The America’s Cup regattas on the San Francisco Bay this summer will be spectacular,” said ACEA chief executive officer, Stephen Barclay. “The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, will feature three very competitive challengers. They will compete to become the ultimate challenger to take on the current America’s Cup champions, ORACLE TEAM USA.”

The ACEA will no longer pursue plans to host a regatta in New York – they had said that an east coast regatta might be on the list of ACWS events for 2013. Barclay affirmed that Naples, Italy, remains on the calendar for April with the first of the three venue hosting payments having already been made. But, he reiterated the need to keep the organization focused on the final events in San Francisco, stating that the ACEA could not stage regattas where the costs were not fully recovered or where the commercial complications would erode the success of the summer events.

“Our number one priority has to be the events scheduled for San Francisco this summer,” Barclay explained. In addition to the Louis Vuitton Cup (from July 4th to August 30th), he confirmed the dates for the first ever Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (from September 1-4) and the America’s Cup Finals (from September 7-21).

Courtesy of www.yachtingworld.com

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