The America’s Cup Barcelona: 37th Race Promises to Make History

The 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona runs between August to October 2024. This prestigious sailing competition, known for drawing the world’s attention to the sport of sailing, will transform Barcelona into the epicenter of international sporting excitement. The event also showcases the city’s unique charm and the competitive spirit of the America’s Cup.

As Barcelona prepares to host the 37th America’s Cup, the city is ready to offer a unique blend of sporting excellence, cultural richness, and historical depth, promising an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Why Barcelona for The America’s Cup?

Barcelona is not just about history and architecture; it is a city that thrives on world-class sports, gastronomy, and culture. 

The city’s iconic landmarks such as the Sagrada Família Basilica and numerous modernist masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí make it a great backdrop for this event. The metropolitan area also sits on the western Mediterranean Sea, offering an ideal setting for maritime events. 

During the 13th and 14th Centuries, Barcelona’s prominence as a capital grew and the city developed into a crucial trading port. Its history and the city’s modern renaissance triggered by events like the 1992 Olympic Games make Barcelona a fitting location.

Where is it taking place?

The event is primarily situated around Port Vell, where the race village and team bases are located. This area – accessible to everyone – serves as a hub for connecting people to the boats, teams, and the event’s activities, ensuring a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere. However, there will also be some initial races taking place in Vilanova i la Geltru (near Sitges).

Map of each team’s base location in Barcelona’s Port Vell

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Key Dates and Event Schedule

The sailing and sporting spectacle will officially commence with the Opening Ceremony on August 22, 2024. This occasion is expected to be a fusion of cultural exhibitions and nautical traditions, setting the stage for the competition to follow. 

  • Opening Ceremony: August 22, 2024, marks the official opening ceremony of the America’s Cup in Barcelona
  • Preliminary Regatta: August 22-25, 2024, all teams will compete in the final Preliminary Regatta, showcasing the AC75s for the first time
  • Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins: Scheduled from August 29 to September 8, 2024, where the top four challenger teams advance to the semi-finals, with the fifth team eliminated
  • Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals: From September 14-19, 2024
  • Youth America’s Cup: September 17-26, 2024
  • Louis Vuitton Cup Final: September 26 to October 5, 2024, determining who will challenge Emirates Team New Zealand
  • Puig Women’s America’s Cup: Celebrated from October 5 to 13, 2024
  • America’s Cup Match Final Opening Ceremony: Scheduled for October 10, 2024
  • Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match: Racing from October 12-21, 2024, with a series of thirteen regattas. The first team to win seven points wins the Cup
Swiss Team, Alinghi Red Bull Racing, have unveiled their craft

The Louis Vuitton Cup (Challenger Series) 

The Louis Vuitton Cup is not just a prelude, but a prestigious competition in its own right. The crescendo of the America’s Cup occurs with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Match, starting on October 12, 2024. Sailing enthusiasts and the teams themselves have their sights set squarely on this date. 

The Match is where the defending champions, Emirates Team New Zealand, will be put to the test against the top contender from the Louis Vuitton Cup. Across a series of races that will push athletes and their vessels to their limits, the first team to claim seven wins will hoist the Auld Mug aloft.

It’s expected that by October 21, 2024, the waters off Barcelona will have borne witness to the crowning of the 37th America’s Cup champion.

Emirates Team New Zealand are the defending champions

The Defending Champions: Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand, the current holders of the America’s Cup, have a storied history in the competition. Their innovative approach to yacht design and sailing strategy has kept them at the forefront of the sport. 

The team’s base is strategically located near the impressive World Trade Center, a spot that cannot be missed, symbolizing their prominence in the sailing world.

The Challengers

  • INEOS Britannia: Representing the United Kingdom, INEOS Britannia has chosen a prime location adjacent to the superyacht mooring facility. Their selection as the Challenger of Record underscores their significant role in this competition and their commitment to challenging the defenders on equal footing
  • Alinghi Red Bull Racing: This Swiss team, nestled between the aquarium and the shopping center at Port Vell, brings a blend of precision engineering and competitive zeal that is characteristic of the nation’s rich sailing legacy
  • Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli: The Italian team, known for its style and speed, has chosen a base further around the port, near the imposing W Hotel. Their presence adds European flair and competitive spirit to the regatta
  • American Magic: Representing the New York Yacht Club, American Magic has set up its base within the Marina Barcelona 92 superyacht facility. Their choice of location  mirrors the team’s dynamic approach to the competition
  • Orient Express Racing Team: The French team, a new entrant in the Cup as of 2023, will be based on the Moll de Ponent. Their participation adds a fresh perspective to the competition, showcasing the growing interest and diversity in the sport of sailing

Viewing and Participation Opportunities

The excitement surrounding the America’s Cup is already creating a stir. Access to viewing the races will be available through several channels, catering to both those who wish to experience the thrill first-hand along Barcelona’s coastline and those following from afar.

  • In-Person Experience: Nothing matches the adrenaline rush of watching sleek, cutting-edge vessels slicing through the waves, up close and personal. The coastal area of Barcelona will transform into a hive of activity with spots along the shoreline ideally suited for spectators. 
  • Public viewing areas are typically set up along the race course, offering unobstructed views of the high-speed action. These areas buzz with energy, as crowds cheer on their favorite teams and mariners engage in thrilling on-water battles for the prestigious Cup.
  • Beach areas, such as Barceloneta, provide a scenic backdrop for the event, where large screens are expected to broadcast live race commentary and replays, ensuring that fans don’t miss a moment of the action. 
  • Seaside promenades and local bars will be turned into social hubs, with the local community and visitors mingling, discussing race tactics, and sharing their love for the sea and sailing.


Get closer to the action with spectacular views of the teams

On-The-Water Viewing

For those desiring a closer look at the action, there are opportunities to get out on the water. Charter services offer a variety of packages that allow spectators to follow the races from the vantage point of a boat. 

These charters often come with expert commentary, giving insight into the race as it unfolds, along with catering services to enhance the viewing experience. However, we recommend booking well in advance due to the high demand during the event.

A Brief History of the America’s Cup

The America’s Cup is considered the pinnacle of sailing competition and stands as the oldest trophy in international sport, predating the modern Olympic Games by 45 years. Its inception dates back to 1851, making it not only a testament to the enduring appeal of sailing but also a chronicle of maritime innovation and international rivalry.

The Birth of a Tradition

The America’s Cup began with a race around the Isle of Wight, off the coast of England, where the schooner named America, representing the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), triumphed over a fleet of British ships. This victory not only secured the trophy for America, it also set the stage for what would become a symbol of international sailing prestige. The trophy, originally known as the “R.Y.S. £100 Cup” was later renamed the America’s Cup after the winning vessel, embodying the spirit of competition and international goodwill.

A Deed of Gift to Govern the Cup

In 1857, the America syndicate members donated the trophy to the NYYC under a Deed of Gift, which established the America’s Cup as a perpetual challenge Cup for friendly competition between nations. This deed has governed the competition ever since, detailing the conditions under which challenges can be made and matches conducted. It emphasizes that the Cup is not just a prize but a custodian of international sailing camaraderie.

37th Edition in Barcelona, Spain

As the America’s Cup looks to its future, the 37th edition in Barcelona, Spain, carries forward a legacy of over 170 years of maritime history, international rivalry, and the quest for sailing perfection. The Cup remains not just a trophy but a symbol of the enduring appeal of sailing as a sport that challenges the limits of human and technological potential.


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