Countdown to the 33rd America’s Cup
Valencia will once again, in February 2010, and for the second time in a row, become the world sailing capital. Following the success of the previous edition, Valencia is once again hosting the oldest sailing event in the world: the America's Cup.
On this occasion, the Port of Valencia will be playing host, from 8th to 28th February (dates not yet finalised) to a spectacular America’s Cup, a duel between the Swiss Alinghi team and the American BMW Oracle, champion and runner-up, respectively, of the last edition.
The America’s Cup is one of the longest-running sporting events in the world and its media coverage is comparable to that of the Olympics. It's a competition determined by precision, technological development and strategy; a historic milestone in the professional careers of the competitors, and a tremendous source of prestige for champions and challengers alike.
The organisers of this event felt that Valencia provided the best wind and sea conditions for the Cup, as well as the attraction of a thriving city with all the infrastructures required to host the sailing event.
Hosting the 32 America's Cup consolidated Valencia's status as a city open to the Mediterranean and with up-to-the-minute infrastructure for nautical tourism.Known originally as the 100 Guineas Cup, the name was changed in the year 1870, in honour of the victory of the America in the 1851 race. Until 1983, when the crew of the Australia II lifted the trophy, the competition was won by US sailboats.
That same year, the Louis Vuitton Cup was created, the preceding competition that determined which team would challenge the defending champions. In the Auckland edition in 2003, a European boat, the Alinghi from Switzerland, won the America's Cup after 152 years of Anglo-Saxon dominance. The Swiss syndicate should have hosted the following edition in 2007. However, the official regulations of the competition, known as the Deed of Gift, state that the America's Cup can only be disputed in salt water.Valencia was chosen to host the event following a tough bidding war with 56 other candidates including Barcelona, Naples, Marseille, Palma de Mallorca and Cascais. The Alinghi won the 32nd America's Cup racing against the Team Emirates New Zealand in July 2007, after the New Zealand boat won the Louis Vuitton Cup and earned the right to challenge the defending Swiss champion in Valencian waters.Following the success of this edition, the city and region of Valencia have secured their reputation as the perfect setting to host and organise prestigious international races that thrill spectators with fast sailboats equipped with the latest technology.