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  AC45 Practice & Racing Schedule 2012  

Get the full racing program in PDF here.

Tuesday 26 June
14.00-16.00 Practice racing

Live racing coverage starting from Thursday
ACWS Newport Racing Championship

11.55 Warning signal for 12.00pm start of the first race

Format: 1 x 30 minute fleet race

Match Racing quarter finals, the first starting at 12.40

Teams will have to win 2 out of 3 matches to proceed to the semi finals.

Fleet Racing



Fleet Racing and Match Racing Seeding Race 1



Match Racing



Match Racing Quarter Final QF 4-5 – race 1

Seed 4 vs Seed 5


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 3-6 – race 1

Seed 3 vs Seed 6


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 2-7 – race 1

Seed 2 vs Seed 7


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 1-8 – race 1

Seed 1 vs Seed 8


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 4-5 – race 2

Seed 4 vs Seed 5


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 3-6 – race 2

Seed 3 vs Seed 6


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 2-7 – race 2

Seed 2 vs Seed 7


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 1-8 – race 2

Seed 1 vs Seed 8


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 4-5 – race 3*

Seed 4 vs Seed 5


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 3-6 – race 3*

Seed 3 vs Seed 6


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 2-7 – race 3*

Seed 2 vs Seed 7


Match Racing Quarter Final QF 1-8 – race 3*

Seed 1 vs Seed 8


*If necessary

14.31 Warning signal for 14:36 start of the first race
Format: Match Racing semi finals
1 x 30 minute fleet race, staring at 15.15

Match Racing



Match Racing Semi Final 1

Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4


Match Racing Semi Final 2

Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2


Fleet Racing



Fleet Racing Race 2



Saturday 30 June

ACWS Newport Racing Championship
13.50 start of the first AC 500 speed trial run

Format: AC 500 Speed trials, 2 runs p/team

2 x 30 minute fleet races

Fleet Racing


Fleet Racing Race 3


Fleet Racing Race 4


ACWS Newport Fleet and Match Racing Championship Finals
14.35 Warning signal for 14.40 start of the first race

Format: Match racing final

1 x 40 minutes fleet race

Match Racing



Match Racing Final

Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2


Fleet Racing



Fleet Racing Race 5



  America's Cup in Venice Italy, Next Stop: Newport, RI!  
  The America's Cup Comes to Charleston!  

Newport Shipyard is a proud sponsor of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2012

WHAT: The America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport.
WHERE: Sperry Top-Sider® Charleston Race Week village at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mt. Pleasant, SC
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2012 (Cup viewing from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., “Cupdate Presentation” by Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, at 1:00 p.m., free and open to the public.)

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (April 16, 2012)—The oldest trophy in international sport will be on public display during Sperry Top-Sider® Charleston Race Week on Saturday, April 21. First raced for in 1851, the America’s Cup, which represents supremacy in sailboat racing, is 161 years old this year. It is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) in San Francisco, California after its team, ORACLE Team USA, won the Cup in February 2010. The GGYC and ORACLE Team USA are preparing to defend the Cup when the 34th America’s Cup regatta takes place in San Francisco next year.

The America’s Cup is making its first-ever visit to Charleston by special arrangement between the organizers of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week and the GGYC. Tom Ehman, GGYC Vice Commodore and 32-year America’s Cup veteran, will be on hand at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mt. Pleasant (the headquarters of Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week) to offer a multi-media presentation about the Cup and the excitement of the events leading up to that regatta, in September 2013.

Viewing of the America’s Cup is free and open to the public, as is Mr. Ehman’s presentation, which will take place at 1:00 p.m. for approximately one hour. Families with children are encouraged to attend.

For additional information about Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, go to
For more information on the America’s Cup, go to

  Final Race of 2011/12 America's Cup World Series Race will be broadcast live from Newport on NBC  

From America's Cup Web site, posted March 4, 2012

In just four months time, the America’s Cup will be back on national television in the United States after a 20-year hiatus. On July 1, the final day of the AC World Series Newport will be broadcast live on NBC, coast to coast, featuring the winner-take-all race that not only determines the event champion but also the outright overall winner of the inaugural six-event America’s Cup World Series.

Currently after three events, Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker sits on top of the leaderboard with 55 points, while the American team on ORACLE Racing Spithill (helmed by Jimmy Spithill) is nipping at their heels with 54 points and skipper Terry Hutchinson and his Artemis Racing of Sweden lies third with 40 points.

With opportunities to rack up points through further AC World Series stops in Naples (April 7-15) and Venice (May 12-20) before getting to the series closer in Newport (June 23 – July 1), there is certain to be stiff competition in the back half of this first AC World Series season.

Following the conclusion of the first AC World Series in Newport, at least two further Cup events are planned in 2012 in the United States.

First, in August, a new season of the AC World Series opens in San Francisco or New York, with the venue announcement coming shortly. The final day of racing will be broadcast live on NBC on August 26.

Then, in October, the focus of the Cup world will be on San Francisco and the "Bay Arena." With the race course positioned between Alcatraz and the San Francisco Cityfront, shoreside viewers will have a front row seat for what is sure to be the fastest and most exhilarating racing the Bay has ever seen. And here too, television viewers will be able to tune in live on NBC to the final day of racing.

“As we build to our pinnacle events in 2013, we are thrilled to have live coverage of all three of our American stops on NBC this year,” said Richard Worth, Chairman and CEO, ACEA. “We are focused on creating a broadcast product that will excite current fans and draw in new ones, and working with a broadcaster like NBC will help us to fulfill that vision in the United States.”

  News - America's Cup World Series Race To Come to Newport, RI from June 23-July 1, 2012  

Newport, RI was unveiled today as the final stop of the 2011-2012 AC World Series, which promises to be a dramatic finish to the first season of the new AC45 professional circuit. Designed to expose millions more people to the sport of high-performance racing, the new professional circuit was created to bring the America’s Cup experience to top international venues.

In addition to being the first American host of the high-tech AC45 wing-sailed catamarans in 2012, Newport also has the honor of seeing the first AC World Series circuit champion crowned. The highlight of each AC World Series stop is the spectacular, winner-takes-all, fleet race on final Sunday, where teams put points on the board to take the overall title, so the final race on Sunday, July 1 in Newport could be the ultimate decision maker for the AC World Series champion.

“Newport and Rhode Island have strong historical ties to the America’s Cup, dating back to 1930,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “Narragansett Bay, one of our state’s most spectacular assets, provides a perfect natural venue, and the ongoing infrastructure improvements at Fort Adams make Newport the ideal host for the final stop of the AC World Series. This exciting event will be a tremendous boost for the Rhode Island economy and continues the relationship between Newport and the America’s Cup.”

Synonymous with the name America’s Cup, the spectacular harbor of Newport, Rhode Island has played host to some of the most legendary America’s Cup battles in the competition’s 160 year-old history. Newport continues to attract the leading yachtsmen and women from around the world annually, hosting some of the world’s major sailing events on its waters. And now, the 2012 AC World Series Newport event brings the America’s Cup experience back to Newport after almost a 20-year absence.

Providing an opportunity to watch the world’s top sailors compete in the state-of-the-art AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, current plans call for holding the racing inside Newport Harbor, with the start/finish line just off the shoreline and spectator access along numerous points on the waterfront.

In addition to its world famous waters, Newport, Rhode Island is a top U.S. tourist destination for domestic and international visitors. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality, Newport is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. For those whose hearts lie in architecture, design, and history, Newport offers tours of opulent mansions, interesting museums, and a number of walking tours that reveal the Colonial and Gilded Age charm of the city.

“Newport is the cradle of the America’s Cup sailing, so we’re very pleased to bring the AC World Series to the city that first exposed the Cup to the world,” said Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority. “We are building upon that rich history through this new professional circuit to accelerate the global appeal of the America’s Cup.”

The AC World Series features tight, short racecourses designed to deliver close racing for the fans on shore as well as the online and TV audiences. The innovative regatta format includes a mix of speed trials, head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing with 9 identical AC45s on the line. These events provide the fans the only opportunity to see all of the America’s Cup competitors racing together.

The forerunner to the next generation of America’s Cup boats, the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran is the official boat of the AC World Series. While capable of closing speeds over 35 mph, the AC45 remains nimble enough to handle the tight, tactical race courses planned by America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM).

The AC World Series Newport stop is the result of Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee’s leadership of interagency collaboration between the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Department of Environmental Management and Department of Administration. The event will be supported by key public and private organizations including the City of Newport, Newport Chamber of Commerce, and the state’s hospitality, tourism, sailing and marine trades communities, as well many other organizations.

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