Boatsetter’s Guide to The America’s Cup Chicago
Chicago is known for many things: ‘His Airness’, deep dish pizza, the ’85 Bears, dying the Chicago River green on St. Patrick’s Day…but most importantly is Chicago is known for its locals’ love of summer. The fervor displayed toward four months of beautiful summer days is simply unmatched. If you have never been to Chicago in the summer, you wouldn’t realize the endless activities that the city has to offer! This summer, Chicago adds another: the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
If you are a boater or a sailing aficionado, you are probably already aware that last September, Chicago was proud to announce that it was chosen to host the America’s Cup World Series. This is the first time in the event’s 164-year history that it will take place at a freshwater venue. The races in Chicago from June 10-12 are a qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda.
In 2016, the glorious Navy Pier is celebrating its centennial which makes it a fitting venue to for the America’s Cup Chicago HQ. If you want to watch the races, the Navy Pier serves as a suitable viewing point. However, the best way to catch these million dollar yachts race at 40+mph is to get on the water.
About The America’s Cup World Series
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is a racing circuit featuring the top sailing teams in the world. Overall ranking in these races determines the starting point of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.
Only four nations have ever won the trophy in over 160-years of competition (the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland). The 35th America’s Cup will take place in June of 2017 at the Great Sound of Bermuda. In 2016, up to six venues will host the World Series qualifying races, including Chicago, New York and the United Kingdom. The series features on-design wing sail catamarans crewed by a team of five individuals. These specially designed AC45 catamarans are often seen flying’ above the water on their foils.
Oracle Team USA is currently the defending America’s Cup champion and has close ties to Chicago. Matt Cassidy, a team member of Oracle Team USA, called Chicago his home for the past five years before relocating to Bermuda this past spring.
The Oldest Trophy in International Sports
The America’s Cup was first introduced in 1851 and is considered the oldest trophy in international sports. The event is forty-five years older than the modern Olympics games. The trophy’s ancestry began when a group of businessmen from New York sailed the schooner America across the Atlantic Ocean to represent the United States at the World’s Fair in London. At the fair, the schooner won a race around the Isle of Wight and with it, a trophy called the 100 Guineas Cup. For the next 132 years, the United States dominated the race, until the Australians finally defeated the United States in 1983.
Check out the following resources to find out more!
- Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago June 10-12
- Facebook: America’s Cup Chicago & America’s Cup
- Twitter: Follow @americascup & @LVACWSChicago for instant news and pictures
- Instagram: @americascup & @lvacwsChicago
Information and Photos Courtesy of rEvolution
Written by Fred Dela Cruz