The Host City of the 32nd America 's Cup is Valencia , located on Spain 's Mediterranean coastline. Its excellent sailing conditions, the creation of a base exclusively for the event and its enormous organisational capacity have all contributed to the choice of Valencia as the perfect city to hold the first America 's Cup in Europe .
One of the most important criteria for choosing Valencia the host city, was stable and reliable weather conditions. Valencia was an ideal choice, given its regular thermal breezes: on good days, the Southeast wind rises towards the end of the morning and continues to be stable throughout the afternoon. The thermal breeze is regular in the summer and there are good sailing conditions on 90% of the days.
Valencia is the capital of the Valencia Region and one of European fastest growing cities. It is a historical, modern and enterprising city where the America 's Cup family, the Challenger's bases and the public and fans will enjoy a special village created specifically for them.
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America's Cup History
The America's Cup is the most prestigious regatta in the sport of sailing, and the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating the FA Cup by two decades and the by 45 years. The sport attracts top sailors and yacht designers because of its long history and prestige as the "Holy Grail" of yachting.
The America's Cup regatta is a challenge-driven yacht series that currently involves a best-of-nine series of match racing (a duel between two boats). Since the 1992 match, the regatta has been sailed with the International America's Cup Class (IACC) sloop, a monohull boat that has an average length of about 75 feet ( 23 m ). Any challenger who meets the requirements specified in the Deed of Gift, which governs the regatta, has the right to challenge the yacht club that holds the Cup.
Since 1983,Louis Vuitton has sponsored the Louis Vuitton Cup as a prize for the winner of the challenger selection series (which was inaugurated for the 1970 match).
The America 's Cup is a race between the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup and the current holder. If the challenging team wins the cup, the cup's ownership is transferred from the defender's yacht club to the winning team's yacht club.
2007 America's Cup in Valencia
The Alinghi team will defend the America's Cup in 2007 , according to announcements made following their victory. It was announced on November 27 , 2003 that the venue would be Valencia , Spain . This will be the first time in over 150 years that the America's Cup is held in Europe. The deadline to challenge for the 32nd America's Cup was April 29 , 2005 , by which time 11 challengers from 9 countries had submitted formal entries.
To keep public interest high between matches before the 2007 America's Cup championship, the Louis Vuitton Acts were created with 13 regattas, called "Acts". In 2004, there were three acts: Act 1 held in September 2004 in Marseille , France ; Act 2 held in October 2004 in Valencia, Spain); and Act 3 held in October 2004, also in Valencia. Some of the Acts featured fleet racing, with all the boats racing at the same time, and some featured match racing, with only two boats in each race. The Acts were restricted to America's Cup class yachts representing the syndicates that will be vying for the Cup in 2007. Points are awarded for each Act (excluding the first three), and the team with the highest score at the end of the Louis Vuitton Cup will be declared the ACC (America's Cup Class) Champion, and the challenger for the America's Cup. In 2004, Emirates Team New Zealand narrowly won over second place American challenger BMW Oracle Racing and third place Swiss defender Team Alinghi.
The schedule of Acts in 2005 included Acts 4 and 5 in Valencia ( June 16 , June 26 ), Acts 6 and 7 in Malmö , Sweden ( August 25 , September 4 ), and Acts 8 and 9 in Trapani , Italy ( September 29 , October 9 ).
In 2006 Acts 10, 11, and 12 were held in Valencia. Act 10 from May 11 to May 18 was match racing. Act 11 from May 19 to May 21 was fleet racing. Act 12 from June 22 to July 2 was match racing.
Act 13 will be fleet racing in Valencia between April 3 and April 7 , 2007 .
The challenger selection series , which is called the Louis Vuitton Cup will take place in Valencia from April 16 to June 12 , 2007 . The 2007 America's Cup match will take place in Valencia between June 23 and July 7 , 2007 .
America's Cup Competing Teams