America's Cup Action Continues In Gothenburg
Published: Thursday, 27 August 2015
America’s Cup action continues as the fleet descends upon Gothenburg, Sweden for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series (Aug 29-30).
“The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg is an opportunity for the teams to put more points on the board that will count towards the penultimate racing in Bermuda in 2017,” says America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) CEO Russell Coutts.
Sweden boasts a centuries old tradition of sailing and first challenged for the America’s Cup in 1977. Today, some of the world’s finest professional sailors hail from the country, including local hero Olympic champion Freddy Lööf, a critical crew member of the America’s Cup Swedish syndicate Artemis Racing, the hometown favorite heading into Gothenburg.
“Artemis Racing has never competed at home before,” says Artemis Racing Skipper Nathan Outteridge. “So we’re very excited to get there and pay back the support we have in Sweden. It’s going to be awesome. The race course is going to be very tight and compact, which is great for racing and for the spectators to watch it.”
(Photo: Artemis Skipper Nathan Outteridge)
Artemis Racing has a multinational crew comprising some of the most successful and respected sailors and designers in the world. Collectively, the sailing team has competed in 23 Olympics Games, winning 11 medals, seven gold. Artemis Racing represents Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS – the Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world.
The hub of the Gothenburg event will be the 50,000 square meter Race Village in Frihamnen, in the heart of city. Visitors can enter the area for free and enjoy activities, concerts and entertainment during the entire event.
For America’s Cup fans around the world, there are a number of different ways to follow the racing. Many of the international television broadcast rights holders will show live racing Saturday and Sunday, others will have the highlight show. Networks like BT Sport (UK), Canal+ (FRA), CCTV5+ (CHN) and FOX Sports (AUS) are among those to show live racing. NBC/NBCSN in the US will show highlights.
Fans can also download the AC+ mobile app, available for free on iPhone and Android. The app allows viewers to follow their favourite teams throughout the race.
(Photo: Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth 2015)
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard is as follows:
Land Rover BAR - 19 points
Emirates Team New Zealand - 18
ORACLE TEAM USA - 16
Groupama Team France - 13
Softbank Team Japan - 13
Artemis Racing – 11
The six teams and helmsman in the field for Gothenburg are:
Artemis Racing, Nathan Outteridge
Emirates Team New Zealand, Peter Burling
Groupama Team France, Franck Cammas
Land Rover BAR, Ben Ainslie
ORACLE TEAM USA, Jimmy Spithill
Softbank Team Japan, Dean Barker