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Land Rover BAR v Artemis Racing in first America's Cup races

Land Rover BAR will face Artemis Racing in their first match-race of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 . . .

On Firday 26 May 2017 the Qualifying rounds of the 35th America’s Cup with commence on Bermuda Great Sound.

There are two major changes for the America’s Cup racing in Bermuda.

After two years of fleet racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the defender and the challengers will finally get to match race in their America's Cup boats.

The teams have designed and are building their own America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat. These have yet to be launched, so there performance is unknown.

These boats are bigger at 15-metres long (nearly 50-feet) and are built to the ACC design rule which allows some original design input.

All racing from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers to the actual America’s Cup Match, will be match racing in ACC boats.

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All six America’s Cup teams will compete in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, this is round robin match racing to choose the four final challenger teams.

The defender and the loosing challenger then drop out of the next round - the Challenger Playoffs.

The four surviving challenger teams will then take part in match race semi-finals and finals - the Challenger Playoffs.

After the four challengers complete the semi-final stage the two winners face-off in the finals, the first to five points is the winner.

This winning challenger will then compete against the defender, Oracle Team USA in the 35th America’s Cup.

Before the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Fukuoka, Japan, starting 18 November 2016, the overall positions are:

1st Land Rover BAR 437 points
2nd ORACLE TEAM USA 423 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand 420 points
4th SoftBank Team Japan 399 points
5th Artemis Racing 391 points
6th Groupama Team France 360 points

ACEA has announced but not yet confirmed a final LVAC event in Bermuda before the ACC racing.