THE AMER­ICA’S CUP

FROM THE GRACEFUL SEAGOING DAMES OF 1851 TO THE BLITZING FOIL MA­CHINES OF 2017, THE 35TH AMER­ICA’ S CUP CON­TIN­UES TO BE A SPORT­ING EVENT WITH NO EQUAL. TECH­NOL­OGY, COM­MIT­MENT AND EX­CEL­LENCE BEAR ONLY ONE WIN­NER, ONE DE­FENDER WHILE UNSUC-CESSFUL CHAL­LENGER

Sailing World - - Contents - PHOTO : AUSTIN WONG / ACEA

There’s a 166-year-old sil­ver ewer that trav­els in its own lux­ury case. En­cir­cling and etched in its base are the ti­tans of sail­ing’s most sto­ried re­gatta. Some say it is cursed; oth­ers say there’s no greater ac­com­plish­ment. It rep­re­sents all that is good and evil in sport: the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence at any and all cost. This is, of course, the Amer­ica’s Cup, and with de­fender Or­a­cle Team USA poised to de­fend its role and its rep­u­ta­tion, five teams aim to de­throne it, one race at a time.

Artemis Rac­ing and Or­a­cle Team USA scrim­mage in their new AC50S in Ber­muda in April 2017.

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