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America’s Cup 2021: Sailing schedule, race times, TV channel and team news

What teams are taking part?

New Zealand (Emirates Team New Zealand)

Against one of:

Great Britain (Ineos Team UK)

Italy (Luna Rossa Challenge)

How does it work?

Right, it’s a little complicated so here’s your explainer…

  • To win the America’s Cup, first you have to win the Prada Cup. 
  • The three challengers – Britain, the United States and Italy – battle each other for the right to face defenders New Zealand in the 36th Cup match in March.
  • Ineos Team UK have qualified for the Prada Cup final where they will face Italy (first to seven race wins)
  • The winner of that final then takes on defenders New Zealand in the America’s Cup match (also first to seven race wins)

What is the exact schedule?

36th America’s Cup

  • March 6-15 (New Zealand v winner of Prada Cup final)

The racing schedule for the America’s Cup match has two races per day planned for March 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Additional reserve days have been scheduled but the intention is to complete the event on the weekend of March 13/14, weather permitting.

Who has won in the past?

Only four nations have won the America’s Cup across the 170 years since the first race. America have a virtual monopoly on the event, triumphing in 30 of the 36 editions. New Zealand have a hat-trick of wins, including the last match in Bermuda four years ago which means they are defenders this time around. While the Royal Perth Yacht Club brought the cup home for Australia in 1983 with back-to-back Swiss triumphs in 2003 and 2007.



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