The America's Cup, also known as the America's Cup, is a prestigious international sailing regatta that has been held since 1851. Organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron of England and later defended by the New York Yacht Club team for 132 years, it has become a symbol of excellence and rivalry in the world of sailing. Throughout its history, it has evolved in terms of boat design and competition rules, attracting teams from around the world to compete for the oldest trophy in the history of international sport. The America's Cup is characterized by its challenge format, in which the defender faces challengers from other countries. The event not only tests nautical skills, but also technological innovation and engineering prowess in state-of-the-art boat building. Winning the America's Cup is a highly coveted achievement in sailing and is considered a milestone in sporting and maritime history.
The 37th edition of the America's Cup
The 37th edition of the America's Cup will take place between August and October 2024 in Barcelona. The racing area will be the same for both the Challenger Selection Series (the tournament that will determine the challenger team that will challenge the defending champion) and the Final, which will be held between October 12 and 20, 2024. The America's Cup boats will "fly" along the Barcelona beachfront from Port Olímpic to the W Barcelona Hotel. This location provides an ideal opportunity for spectators to enjoy a natural viewing area along the coastline.
The final of the 37th edition of the America's Cup will adopt a 13-race series format (where the winning team will be the first to reach seven victories). This exciting chapter will open on Saturday, October 12, with two initial races scheduled, followed by two more on Sunday, October 13, 2024.
This edition of the Barcelona America's Cup will also feature youth and women's races, sailed on the innovative AC40 yachts, configured in a strict one-design mode unique to the fleet and scheduled races. Both events promise to open the sailors' path to the AC75 foiling monohulls. It will be a vibrant, competitive, youthful and dynamic America's Cup event, with maximum media coverage provided to the finalists in each event.
The road to the 37th edition of the Barcelona America's Cup begins with the preliminary regattas, which will serve as a preamble to the Challenger Selection Series. The first preliminary competition will take place in Vilanova i La Geltrú from September 14 to 17, 2023, followed by a second regatta in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, scheduled between November 29 and December 2, 2023. The third and final preliminary event is scheduled for August 2024 in Barcelona. The first two races will take place in the innovative AC40s, a class of boats with foils that promises unique thrills and top speeds approaching 50 knots, or even more. In 2024, the preliminary phase will culminate in Barcelona, where all America's Cup teams will compete for the first time in their brand new AC75s.
America's Cup calendar
- September 14 to 17: Vilanova i la Geltrú, preliminary regatta.
- November 29 to December 2: Jeddah, preliminary regatta.
- August: Barcelona, preliminary regatta.
- From August to September : Barcelona, Challenger Selection Series.
- From September 26 to October 16: Barcelona, Youth and Puig Women's America's Cup.
- From 12 to 20 October: Barcelona, Final of the 37th America's Cup.