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The America’s Cup is coming home to the UK for the first time in 160 years in what promises to be the event of the year! From 10-18 September in Plymouth, Devon, the world's top sailors will battle it out for the prestigious title, treating spectators to the thrills and spills of the most spectacular, fast and furious yacht racing. At 160 years old, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions. Often compared to Formula One, the America’s Cup sees multi-million pound international teams, using cutting edge design and technology and employing the world’s best sailors on the fastest boats - the wing-sailed AC45 catamarans. Visitors to the World Series event in Plymouth this September will be treated to a week long regatta of the highest standards, all for free and in the fabulous natural amphitheatre of Plymouth Sound. The race circuit is planned to be inside the city’s natural harbour, giving spectators phenomenal views of the action from Plymouth Hoe, the Foreshore, Mount Edgcumbe and Jenny Cliff. In addition to the racing a whole host of entertainment will be on offer in the specially created Fan Village on Plymouth Hoe. Celebrations after each day’s racing will continue every evening in the Fan Village as well as down in the historic Barbican and


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along the waterfront as the city takes on a real festival atmosphere. If the technical, rather than social side of sailing is your thing, head down to the Race Village in Millbay and share in the experience of the international teams as they prepare and repair their state of the art AC45 catamarans. The America’s Cup World Series in Plymouth promises to be a truly international event with featuring teams from China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sweden and the USA in a programme of match and fleet racing.


Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Vivien Pengelly said: "The excitement really is building in Plymouth as the city prepares to welcome thousands of visitors and the international America's Cup teams. This is one of the top sporting events in the world and the week long regatta will be packed full of amazing racing with the catamarans out in Plymouth Sound, the teams have already been demonstrating just how dramatic the sailing can be with their training in San Francisco. There will also be lots of entertainment on the Hoe and we're going to be showing everyone what a truly vibrant, waterfront city Plymouth is.”


For details of the America’s Cup World Series in Plymouth go to www.americascup.com


For details of Plymouth, how to get there, special offers, accommodation and entertainment during the event, check out www.visitplymouth.co.uk


HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP


The "Auld Mug" was first raced for around the Isle of Wight in 1851 - 45 years before the first modern Olympics. The US yacht America won to spark 132 years of US domination until Australia II broke the deadlock in 1983. Now, 160 years later, the trophy is back in the UK for the second stage of the all new America’s Cup World Series circuit, which also sees racing in Cascais (Portugal) and San Diego in 2011. The World Series will visit another five venues in 2012 (yet to be confirmed) ahead of the America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco in 2013.


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