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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Buzz Is Building In Naples at America's Cup World Series

The Italians have been out in full force ahead of the first day of the ACWS fleet racing component of this long awaited ACWS event here in Naples with racing officially kicking off on Wednesday.
Photo: © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The sailors are anticipating plenty of excitement and with weather forecasters predicting steady afternoon breezes  between 15-20 knots, ideal  conditions. The natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Naples is set to provide the perfect background for spectators to check out all the action from both the shore and the water.
Photo: © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The crowds have descended upon the race village Italian style, creating a laid back chic ambience. Italians have a real passion for sailing and the America's Cup in particular and while only one Italian team, Prada Luna Rossa albeit with their twin boats, is competing in this series, in 2007 at the AC32 in Valencia, they had three teams representing their country.
Photo: © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
After Team Oracle successfully defeated Alinghi in 2010 in a best of three Deed Of Gift match racing series inn Valencia, it was Italian Vincenzo Onerato, owner of Team Mascalzone Latino who was nominated and accepted the honour of being the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. There were plenty of rumours circling in 2010 that the Cup would be held in Italy but due to unforeseen circumstances Onerato was forced to relinquish his rights and Sweden's Artemis Racing Team took over as the Challenger of Record in 2011.
Photo: © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
And as we know the rest is history and the 34th America's Cup will be hosted by San Francisco in 2013.
Photo: © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
For the Southern Italians this event is the closest proximity they have been to the America's Cup for several years and their long history in trying to wrestle the Auld Mug will no doubt continue for many years to come.

Lulu Roseman

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