The America’s Cup racing programme for next year has been finalised. Organisers in San Francisco plan up to 55 days of racing will be in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup match and the Youth America’s Cup
The Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series, where challengers race for the right to meet the defender in the America’s Cup match, will take place from July 4 to September 1 2013.
Organisers say four challengers have been confirmed: Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing (Sweden), Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy) and Team Korea.
Oracle Racing will hold defender trials on the same course and on the same days as the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers race.
James Spithill will helm one of the boats, while Ben Ainslie, a member of Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2007 America’s Cup campaign, will helm the other.
The America’s Cup match, with Oracle racing against the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup, will run from September 7 to September 22, Two races will be held each day with nine wins required to win the America’s Cup.
In between the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup Finals the Youth America’s Cup will be raced over four days.
The first Cup racing in San Francisco will take place later this month with the first event of the 2012-13 AC World Series from August 21-26.