An America's Cup style match racing event will take place at Newport Rhode Island to celebrate the historic home of the Cup
For the first time since 1983, Newport, Rhode Island is preparing for an onslaught of America’s Cup style match racing with the UBS Trophy regatta, to be held 19-26 June.
Organized by Team Alinghi, winner of the America’s Cup 2003, and sponsored by UBS, the regatta promises to celebrate the spirit of the 153 year-old trophy in the historic home of the America’s Cup during a week of world class yacht racing and festivities.
The opening press conference on Friday June 18 will initiate the event, and racing will begin the following day, weather permitting. Two races will be sailed daily. The course will be short and will be sailed close to the shore in order to offer the best possible access to the public. Tuesday 22 June is scheduled as a lay day. To date, Oracle BMW Racing has confirmed its participation in the event. There will be a pro driver series, as well as an owner-driver series.
The Newport Shipyard will serve as the base for the yachts competing. Located close to the racing course, from here the public will be able to easily see the boats and experience the surrounding activity. Other locations that will provide excellent viewing of the racing include Fort Adams and Goat Island, as well as some sites in Jamestown.