Chicago to host 2016 America’s Cup World Series qualifying event

Chicago is to host a Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series next year which will be a qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. The event will take place at Navy Pier from June 10 – 12 2016
America's Cup World Series in Chicago.
Chicago will host an America’s Cup World Series event in 2016! photo: yachtingworld.com

As momentum for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda gathers pace and the ACWS events start to draw in spectators and TV, it was considered by some in the Cup loop to be only a matter of time before an American port announced an ACWS event. Over the last few months there has been plenty of speculation but confirmation that Chicago was to host one of the three day events in 2016 will still have taken many by surprise, especially as there is no Cup team based out of the ‘windy city’. In addition, this will be the first time that an America’s Cup event has taken place on fresh water.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, will be a qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda and will take place at Navy Pier from June 10 – 12. The location, which is celebrating its centennial in 2016, will serve as event headquarters and include a ticketed viewing area, entertainment and VIP hospitality areas.

Chicago to host 2016 America’s Cup World Series qualifying event

“When the international sailing world arrives in Chicago next summer, they will understand why Lake Michigan is called the third coast,” said Wilson, chairman, Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago.

“Today’s announcement is just the beginning. Thanks to our partners, including Navy Pier, the Chicago Sports Commission and CME Group, we are building the foundation for stadium sailing and the America’s Cup in Chicago.”

Given the diversity in approaches of the two ACWS events so far and with a third due to take place in Bermuda in October, the Cup’s traveling circus is starting to attract plenty of attention from cities, potential hosts as well as spectators.

The Chicago announcement adds a second firm date in the 2016 calendar before Portsmouth in July.

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