America’s Cup Bermuda to host opening ceremony after late afternoon racing
Published: Friday, 10 March 2017
Organisers of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda have announced an opening programme in the America’s Cup Village on Friday May 26.
Racing will start at 5pm with America’s Cup Defender ORACLE TEAM USA taking on Groupama Team France in the first match race of the 35th America’s Cup. That battle will set the stage for races two, three and four of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, when all six teams will take each other on the water on the first day of racing.
Races will be as follows:
Race 2: Artemis Racing VS SoftBank Team Japan
Race 3: Groupama Team France VS Emirates Team New Zealand
Race 4: Land Rover BAR VS Artemis Racing
With each match race scheduled to last approximately 20 minutes, day one of the race schedule is provisionally due to conclude at 7pm. Then, all eyes will turn to the main stage in the America’s Cup Village where the official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will begin.
An exciting combination of music, live performers, fireworks, Red Bull skydivers and entertainment is planned which will celebrate the kick-off to the greatest race on water.
Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup, said: “This is the perfect way to start what I believe is going to be the best America’s Cup yet. With race one of the 35th America’s Cup starting at 5pm we are looking forward to welcoming fans to watch the opening races then soon afterwards enjoy the evening activities.”