34th America’s Cup, Venice 12-20 May

Fresh from Naples success, the America’s Cup World Series heads to Venice, for the penultimate regatta in the inaugural AC World Series.

Venice is going to host a festival of sailing over nine days from May 12 to 20, while America’s Cup World Series racing begins on Tuesday 15, and runs through Sunday, May 20The race course is one of the narrowest and most challenging in competitive sailing and we are sooo excited!!

1. The America’s Cup and the Arsenale

The ACWS is such a wonderful occasion to vist one of the most “secret” places in Venice, which is the “Arsenale“.

Arsenale Venezia

foto credits: Viverevenezia.com

foto credits: Viverevenezia.com

The Arsenale was the ancient commercial and militar heart of the Serenissima. “It was responsible for the bulk of Venice’s naval power during the middle part of the second millennium AD, and it was one of the earliest large-scale industrial enterprises in history” (See wikipedia for more details).

Headquarters of the America’s Cup World Series of Venice is the Arsenale, that opens to the public from 12 to 20 May. Admission is free from 10am till 10pm every day: all details here.

2.The race area

Racing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. alternatively on two courses: one in the open sea, in front of San Nicolo del Lido (the Lido Race Course),

Venice America’s Cup race area: the Lido race course

and one in the lagoon (the San Marco Race Course), between the island of Lido, the basin San Marco and Punta della Dogana.

Venice America’s Cup, San Marco race course

The event will feature 9 boats from seven countries: Artemis Racing (Sweden), skipper Terry Hutchinson; China Team (China), skipper Fred Le Peutrec; Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), skipper Dean Barker; Energy Team (France), helmsman Loïck Peyron; Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy), with two boats, helmsmen Chris Draper and Paul Campbell-James; ORACLE Racing (USA) with two boats, skippers James Spithill and Darren Bundock; and Team Korea (Korea) with skipper Nathan Outteridge. Here is the Regatta Schedule.

Where to watch the races:

1) From the shore

From Ca’ Savio, take the boat at Punta Sabbioni towards Lido di Venezia, then walk to the beach area in front of San Nicolò.

2) From the sea

From Camping Ca’ Savio, reach Punta Sabbioni and then take the boat towards San Marco. In the Arsenale area (Bacini stop) you will find every day, about an hour before the start of the races, 2 special spectator boats (300 places) provided by city’s transportation consortium (Actv), that will take you in the designated areas for the spectator fleet. Tickets available online here.

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