This is the America’s Cup!

Originally published on the official America’s Cup Blog.

If the test sessions in Auckland were the proving ground, the America’s Cup World Series is set to become the stage for nothing less than a transformation of sailing.

The new AC45 wing-sailed catamaran is now designated as THE boat of the America’s Cup World Series. Alarmingly quick and responsive, challenging and physical, the AC45 will push the best sailors in the world to their limits, and beyond.

The opening AC World Series event begins in just two months time in Cascais, Portugal. Plymouth, England and San Diego, California are also ports of call in 2011, where the best sailors on the planet will be competing in the opening stages of the 34th Americas Cup.

And you’ll be closer to the action than ever before. If you’re fortunate enough to be there in person, the racing will take place just metres from the shoreline.

But if you’re not, don’t worry. Major advances in the television and web coverage of the sport, tested during the trials in Auckland, mean watching the America’s Cup has never been more compelling.

You will see and hear all of the action, as it’s unfolding, from multiple angles on board the boats. Revolutionary graphics technology will make the fast-paced action easy to understand. This is sailing from the inside out.

The best sailors on the fastest boats. That’s the promise. Now see it delivered.