America's Cup in Venice
Venice, home to the AC World Series from 15 to 20 May 2012
The America's Cup World Series is a regular circuit of regattas, bringing Cup racing to top venues around the world.
Racing takes place from May 15 to 20 and is part of a festival of sailing over nine days from May 12 to 20.
It will be "a spectacular event of extraordinary charm that places the city at the highest level of international sport activities. The America’s Cup, with its high-tech machines sailing in the historical environment of the art city, will present an extraordinary opportunity for Venice to reinforce its vocation and to shine, once again, on the international sport’s arena." (The Mayor of Venice)
In 2012, the real action will heat up May 17th-20th, as teams compete for top honors in both match and fleeting racing championships as well as the overall winner-take-all title.
Similar to other AC World Series venues, Venice offers both great sailing conditions and proximity to the racing, allowing spectators to see the world’s top sailors compete just off the shore. Planning is underway for the racing area, and will include spectator access along numerous points on the waterfront, including the team bases in the Venetian Arsenal. Dating back to the 1100s, Arsenale di Venezia was originally a shipyard and naval depot, providing a uniquely historic home base for the world’s top sailors throughout the event.