The 34th annual America’s Cup begins this weekend, with the first race taking place on Saturday in San Francisco Bay. Coverage will be live on NBC starting at 4 p.m. Eastern time both Saturday and Sunday, and Yachting’s own David Schmidt will be blogging live from the event.
This year’s racing will be the first America’s Cup to feature fast catamarans able to attain speeds of 50 knots. The speeds are a light year ahead of what racers experienced during the first America’s Cup defense in New York Harbor in 1870, and they should be more exciting than ever.
Business titan and avid yachtsman Larry Ellison will be defending the Cup with Team Oracle against Emirates Team New Zealand, which earned the right to challenge by winning the recent Louis Vuitton Cup. Bragging rights will go to the winner of the 17-race series, with the Kiwis already having a two-race advantage because of penalties imposed on Team Oracle for rules violations.
If you plan to watch the live NBC coverage, look for commentators Todd Harris, Gary Jobson and Ken Read to explain the action. There will be seven cameras onboard each boat, microphones, aerial images, water view cameras and ground-breaking LiveLine graphics similar to the ones that show lines of scrimmage and first downs to viewers of the National Football League.
When the racing is over, come on back to the Yachting website to see David Schmidt’s breakdown and analysis of each day’s racing.
Additional races will air live on the NBC Sports Network on September 10, 12, 14 and 15, and until one team wins nine races.