Several AC World Series teams took to the waters off Newport on Wednesday for the first day of training ahead of next week’s showdown in the last event of the 2011-12 season.
Moderate breezes provided perfect training conditions on a very hot and humid afternoon on the east coast.
Training is expected to continue throughout the week, with Championship Racing in the sixth and final event of the 2011-12 AC World Series running from June 28 to July 1.
Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand (second) and Terry Hutchison’s Artemis Racing (third) are chasing ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Sptihill on the overall leaderboard.
Hutchinson leads the match racing standings, while Sptihill is on top in fleet racing.
The 34th America´s Cup consists of three main stages – the America´s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America´s Cup Finals. Each AC World Series regatta will be a combination of practice and championship racing, with additional practice sailing on-site ahead of each event.
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