PRADA CUP PAIRINGS UNVEILED

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PRADA CUP PAIRINGS UNVEILED

PRADA CUP

 

After over three years of waiting, the wins, the losses and the points will really start to count. The PRADA Cup is set to start on January 15 with the three Challengers competing to qualify to race against the America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup Match.

The PRADA Cup consists of 17 racing days starting with a multiple Round Robin format where the three Challengers – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, New York Yacht Club American Magic and INEOS TEAM UK face off each other for four times.

The team with the most points at the end of the Round Robins moves directly to the PRADA Cup Final, while the remaining two teams compete in a best of seven wins, head-to-head, Semi-Final between the 29th January and the 2nd February.

The PRADA Cup Final, between the13th and the 22nd February, is a best of thirteen race series where the first team to reach seven wins will win the exquisite PRADA Cup trophy and be awarded the rights to be the Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA and to race the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand.

Therefore, to win the America’s Cup, first you have to win the PRADA Cup. 

 

 

The team with the most points at the end of the Round Robins moves directly to the PRADA Cup Final, while the remaining two teams compete in a best of seven wins, head-to-head, Semi-Final between the 29th January and the 2nd February.

The PRADA Cup Final, between the13th and the 22nd February, is a best of thirteen race series where the first team to reach seven wins will win the exquisite PRADA Cup trophy and be awarded the rights to be the Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA and to race the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand.

Therefore, to win the America’s Cup, first you have to win the PRADA Cup.

THE CHALLENGERS

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Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli
Challenger of Record

On the 26th of June 2017, immediately after the final race of the 35th America’s Cup, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron received and accepted a Notice of Challenge from Circolo della Vela Sicilia, thus its team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team officially became the Challenger of Record of the 36th America’s Cup. The team, established in 1997 by Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the PRADA Group, is now at their sixth attempt to win the America’s Cup and is led by two times Cup winner Skipper and Team Director Max Sirena.

 

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New York Yacht Club American Magic
Challenger

Formed in October 2017 by Bella Mente Racing, Quantum Racing and the New York Yacht Club, American Magic represents a joint vision to win the America’s Cup.
The team brings together two highly successful racing programs with one of the foremost yacht clubs in the world. The name, American Magic, is a nod to the New York Yacht Club’s storied America’s Cup history; a combination of the boat the trophy is named for, and the first boat to defend it.

 

 

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INEOS TEAM UK
Challenger

INEOS TEAM UK was formed in 2018 to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain and will race for Royal Yacht Squadron Racing that is regarded as one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. Before relocating to New Zealand, the team was based in Old Portsmouth, led and backed by INEOS Founder and Chairman, Jim Ratcliffe. Sir Ben Ainslie, a previous America’s Cup winner (AC34) and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time is the Team Principal and Skipper.

 

 

HOW TO WATCH IN NEW ZEALAND
The America’s Cup Race Village is where you want to be in the middle of the action and experience the buzz of the event off the water. The village is completely FREE throughout all America’s Cup events and it is located in the Viaduct Marina, the heart of Auckland and giant screens will also show live coverage.

It’s the City of Sails, so plenty of boats will be the water to watch America’s Cup action, but in most cases, it will be easier to watch from the natural vantage points on land. If you’re out on the water, in order for everyone to enjoy the racing make sure you’ve got your safety checklist ticked and you have registered on the website to receive on water information each day.

For those not in Auckland, keeping with wish that this America’s Cup be free-to-air for New Zealanders, TVNZ will broadcast all races live. Coverage on TVNZ1 and TVNZ On Demand will start one hour before the scheduled first race of the day.  Live streaming of the races will also be is available on YoutubeFacebook and americascup.com

HOW TO WATCH GLOBALLY
Fans of the America’s Cup all around the world will be able to enjoy coverage via all forms of media on every screen in 2021. Check out here which TV channel is broadcasting the races in your country, alternatively just connect your device to Internet as the races will be streamed live on YoutubeFacebook and americascup.com in almost every country around the world without the need to download an app. americascup.com will provide all the live contents including on board camera footage, Virtual Eye graphics, behind-the-scenes storytelling and more.