Vilanova i la Geltrú will host the America’s Cup preliminary sailing regatta in September this year

The organizers of the America Cup will announce this Friday that Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf, Barcelona) will be the Catalan town that will host the preliminary regatta of the competition next month of September, as you may have learned THE NEWSPAPER. For days the participants they expected know the first place where they will measure their forces: in six months they will test their monohulls latest technology in Vilanova and, a month later they will do it in Italysurely in Cagliari.

The six teams who will fight in the 37 edition of the summer of next year are the advocate of the title (which also organizes the sporting event), Emirates Team New Zealandand five more that are the ‘challenger‘ (challengers), who will fight each other first and, whoever wins, will do so against the New Zealanders. The French of Orient Express Racing They are the last to join the historic sailing competition. The other four who aspire to victory are Ineos Britannia (Great Britain), the Alinghi Red Bull Racing (Switzerland), the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (Italy) and the NYYC American Magic (USA).

With the AC40

These are the same ones that can be seen in Vilanova la second half of Septemberaboard the AC40which are smaller (with capacity for four people) than the AC75 (for eight) chosen for next year’s regatta. The capital of Garraf has a great nautical traditionwith facilities such as the Grand Marinawhich is a mooring marina for medium and large lengths of the Pendennis group, in addition to the Yacht Club.

The organizers, who have called a press conference at the Maritime Museum with some of the main protagonists of making the Catalan capital the venue of the Copa Americahave valued the versatility of Vilanova, the port conditions and the facilities, compared to other possible ones such as palamos (Baix Empordà, Girona), which also opted to host the preliminaries.

In June they will all arrive

In the Barcelona coast The monocoques of one of the six teams have been training for months, the Alinghi Red Bull Racing. In recent days, the Swiss team has been able to go out more frequently thanks to the weather bonanza and they have already spent 58 days on the sheet of water that will host the competition in August 2024. Starting this June, the rest of the Copa América teams will have to test their boats in Barcelona compulsorilyas established by the rules of the competition.

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In fact, from the organization they have ensured in the acknowledgment releases that the experience of Alinghi Red Bull in Barcelona could be giving them a competitive advantage when it comes to knowing the wind or wave conditions that they will encounter both within a semester and next year. One of the peculiarities of this year is that there is a unique video recording and photo taking service (called Recon), which is then made public so that all participants know the progress of their competitors.

From the Port of Barcelona, ​​where they will be installed, they have explained that the works to build the bases of the equipment are very advanced and that the works in Port Vell have been accelerated so that everything is on time.

Source of data and images: elperiodico

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