Posted by: yachtcrewsing | July 1, 2012

America’s Cup World Series, Newport

ImageThe fastest sail boats and the top crew from around the world have spent the past week racing in the 34th America’s Cup World Series in Newport.  Not having been held in the town for many years (after spending half a century based in Newport starting with the 1930 America’s Cup), the entire state of Rhode Island is elated to be hosting this prestigious event.

The exponentially advanced 45-foot multi-hulled boats have been racing a course off of Fort Adams and wowing spectators with their immense speed, maneuverability and precision; they are incredible machines skillfully operated by the best sailors in the world.

For the influx of tourists and sailing enthusiasts who have swarmed Newport, the races are not the only form of entertainment. The America’s Cup Village has been erected at the fort for information and events, and the entire town has been hosting ceremonies, parties and concerts as supplemental activities.

After a week of practice and racing at speeds of over 20 knots, the Oracle Team USA Spithill triumphed on their own oceanic territory, leaving Team New Zealand trailing behind in second place. Overall, a fortuitous victory in an exciting host of races.

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