A very modern fleet conquers Venice
The America's Cup fleet sailed into the Grand Canal, in front of Venice's St Mark's Square, yesterday as the event nears its end.
The event, in the waters of the Italian city, will close tomorrow. It is one of several venues for the America's Cup World Series, which features tight, short racecourses designed to deliver close racing.
At its narrowest, the course is only 140 metres wide, meaning at times crews would barely have trimmed a sail before they had to make another manoeuvre.
But the smaller field of play makes for incredible spectator opportunities, with hundreds of boats lining the course, and thousands more taking in the action from the shore.
The regatta includes a mix of speed trials, head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing. The AC45 yachts are able to sail at speeds of over 35mph.
Other venues have included San Diego in the US, Cascais in Portugal and Plymouth in the UK.
The America's Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport, and was originally awarded in 1851. It attracts the world's top sailors and yacht designers, as well as the involvement of wealthy entrepreneurs and sponsors.
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
International Women’s Day: 'When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch' - feminist quotes from female icons to inspire you
Exclusive: New evidence links the murders of Stephen Lawrence and a private investigator
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...