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Our guide to the America’s Cup

The countdown is well and truly on for next years’ boating super race. Fasten your seatbelts as the teams get ready to find out who will be the fastest crew at the latest America’s Cup. With just over 12 months remaining until we discover the latest victor, anything can happen.

The 2017 event will take place in the beautiful seas around Bermuda. At the moment teams are battling away to discover who will challenge the winner of the last competition, Team Oracle of the USA, to discover the next champions. More money is being invested than ever before to equip teams with the technology needed to come away victorious.

The challengers for the title this time out come in the form of Artemis Racing (Sweden), Ben Ainslie Racing (UK), Emirates Team NZ (New Zealand), Team France (France) and Softbank Team Japan (Japan). In the last tournament it was Ben Ainslie who helped team Oracle reverse a 8-1 losing position in the final, in favour of Team Oracle. This time he, and his ably constructed team, will be battling it out to hopefully take the crown for themselves.

The major problem for any challenger is winning the title. If the form book is anything to go by then the challenger winning the title is harder than many think. Of 34 competitions fought in the past only 6 winners have come from challenging positions.

The Americas Cup is the ultimate in team competition on the high seas. Although technology has played a major role in the sport, the importance of a highly skilled professional yachtsman team shouldn’t be underestimated. When boats can reach speeds of up to 55mph, steering it in the right direction and meeting the technical needs of the boat can be difficult. Often the best teams are those with the smartest and most experienced crew members.

So in the world of extreme sports the America’s Cup in 2017 could be the fiercest contest yet. With billionaires investing more money into teams than ever before records could be broken. Who will be the lucky winners? We’ll find out next year when there’s everything to race for. 

Original source: http://www.fairmont.com/infographics/bermuda-americas-cup/