On the way toward the 35th edition of the America’s Cup, expected to take place in Bermuda Island in two years, Sardinia is under the spotlight: the six teams that subscribed to the world’s most famous competition about sail boat, will profit of the transparent water of southern Sardinia to experiment and train before the event.
From June 4th until the 7th,the capital of Island, Cagliari, will host the preliminary boat-race: the six competing teams are the the Oracle Team USA, the Artemis Racing, the Ben Ainslie Racing, the Emirates Team New Zealand, the Team France and last but not least the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge. Split in three groups, two boats will race along a determined pathway, conceiving and realizing spectacular riggings with the aim to overtake the rival boat and make it fail.
If it happens that you are in Cagliari in late-May, don’t be surprise if looking at the horizon your eyes will catch six catamarans AC45 literally flying above the sea level. In fact, spectacular acrobatics are to be expected: this is due to the so-called “full foiling” technology improving boats efficiency in a way that they manage to lift when strong wind occurs, turning into flying boats.
The opening ceremony is expected for Thursday the 4th of June, the beginning of an intense weekend calendar: Friday is for training, Saturday for racing, and Sunday for celebrating the winners. Behind all this, the transparent sea of Sardinia, scenario of one of the most important sport events under the world’s eyes.