Americas Cup World Series Chicago Events & Info

Americas Cup World Series Chicago Events & Info
New York race, 2016.

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The Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series will be taking place this June 10th through June 12th for the first time ever in its 165-year history in Chicago and the first time ever on freshwater.

You’ve most likely heard about America’s Cup but may not know exactly what is all about. Now Chicagoans and visitors to Chicago will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with a portion of this World Series of yacht racing that features the best sailors and the fastest boats on the planet when Navy Pier rolls out the red carpet for these elite sailors.

The Chicago competition is one of five preliminary races. Each Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event consists of four fleet races.

Navy Pier is the natural choice for this race with its mile-long pier surrounded by the endless waters of Lake Michigan–the 5th largest body of fresh water in the world.

Aerial view of Navy Pier on Feb. 16, 2012. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

Aerial view of Navy Pier on Feb. 16, 2012. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

Navy Pier will be the epicenter of the event with the start and finish line right off of the Grand Ballroom and the East End Plaza. The racecourse will follow a southerly path toward Northerly Island and the Shedd Aquarium before heading back north to the finish line.

The venue will feature stadium-like viewing with a single pit row where spectators can view AC45 catamarans racing at speeds of up to 40 mph, while crossing the finish line seemingly at an arm’s length away.

Two 25-minute races are slated for each day. Six teams will be competing for the Cup including USA, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, France, and New Zealand.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 2017 America’s Cup that began in the summer of 2015. The challengers are competing for a chance to take on Oracle Team USA in the Americas Cup finals, a match race scheduled for June 2017 on the Great Sound of Bermuda.

First contested in 1851, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, pre- dating the modern Olympics by 45 years, and is yachting’s biggest prize.AmericasCupTrophylandscape

Why Chicago?

Although Chicago was hoping to host the 2017 Cup that will be taking place in Bermuda, it is still a huge honor to have been chosen for this exclusive preliminary event.

This video showcases why Chicago is the perfect venue.

Don Wilson, a passionate sailor, longtime Chicagoan and CEO of DRW, a Chicago-based principal trading firm spearheaded Chicago’s selection as a host for the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series.

Wilson remarks, “When the international sailing world arrives in Chicago…they will understand why Lake Michigan is called the third coast…Thanks to our partners, including Navy Pier, the Chicago Sports Commission and CME Group, we are building the foundation for stadium sailing and the America’s Cup in Chicago.”

Tickets to the Americas Cup World Series in Chicago are on sale here.

Click here for the schedule of events.

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