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Schedule for 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda

The full event schedule for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 has been confirmed.

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The opening race of the 35th America’s Cup will be race one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers between the Defender, Oracle Team USA with skipper Jimmy Spithill against Groupama Team France, led by Franck Cammas.

The event calendar schedules almost five weeks of world class sailing action starting on 26 May and finishing on or around 27 June 2017.

All the 35th America’s Cup races will take place on the waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, a perfect stage for the stadium-style racing that is now a core feature of America’s Cup racing.

The six America’s Cup teams will compet in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, the round robin match racing that kicks off the 35th America’s Cup.

In these opening two rounds, each competitor races every other team twice, with the top four challengers advancing to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs, starting on Sunday 4 June.

The current Defender, Oracle Team USA, then moves straight into the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, in which it will take on the winner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

The top four challengers from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers will split into two semi-finals and this second stage of the 2017 competition will run from Sunday 4 June until Monday 12 June,

The winners taking part in a finals competition to determine which team will take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Also at stake in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers is a bonus point for the America’s Cup Match.

If the team that wins the Qualifiers (whether Defender or a challenger) also advances to the Match, it will start with a one point advantage.

Oracle Team USA will not compete in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

While the challengers improve through the heat of competition, the Defender will need to prepare on its own for the final showdown and the races to win the 35th America’s Cup.

Finally, Saturday 17 June is when Oracle Team USA will take on the team that has fought its way through and earned its place in the America’s Cup Match.

From that Saturday until Tuesday 27 June (as needed), the two teams will go head to head in a series of races to be first to claim the seven points needed to win the America’s Cup 2017.

There is a short cessation of hostilities from Monday 19 June until Wednesday 21 June when the final stages of the America’s Cup J Class Regatta and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup finals will take place.

Then the denouement of the America’s Cup Match starts on Saturday 24 June.

The final Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event is 18 to 20 November in Fukuoka, Japan.

The teams finishing first and second in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will carry two and one points respectively into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.

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21 October 2016 7:56 GMT


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