Posted 15 Jul 2011

America’s Cup Yacht Race in September is in Plymouth this year. For the first time in 160 years, the competition is returning to Britain. Plymouth, England will host the race from September 10 - 18, 2011. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. During the competition the yacht club currently holding the award will race against challenging clubs. If you are planning on catching the event and need a hotel, check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Plymouth which is perfectly placed for this event.

The cup was first awarded in 1851 to the schooner America, on the Isle of Wight. The competition combines sailing ability, vessel design and fund-raising abilities. Competitors comply with standards set forth in the Deed of Standards, a legal document that voluntarily transfers property.

As of July 2011, defending team Oracle will face the following competitors: Artemis(Sweden), Team New Zealand, a Chinese group, French teams Energy and Aleph, two Italian teams (Venezia and one unnamed) and one from Korea. Late entries could add to the line-up.

Competitors will be using the AC45 Catamaran. According to Sail Magazine, the vessel reaches speeds between 20 and 40 knots during competition. AC45s are also easier to maintain than other yachts. The race schedule is as follows: 9/11- Yachts participate in informal races. 9/12 to 9/13- Practice days. 9/14 to 9/17- Yachts are paired for head-to-head racing. 9/18- Series fleet racing.

Watch the race from the following locations:

The Hoe

In addition to wonderful views of Plymouth Sound, events will be projected on large screens throughout the area. Located a short distance from the center of Plymouth City, the area is wheelchair accessible.

Jenny Cliff

Provides excellent views of outer Plymouth Sound and the breakwater. Few attractions are available in the area, a lone café provides edibles during the race. People lucky enough to view events from the water are reminded to be alert. Stay away from exclusion zones. Be prepared to move when requested.

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