For the first time in nearly a century, America's Cup sailing is returning to New York Harbor for two exciting days of racing. As part of the lead-up to the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017, six teams will be racing this Saturday and Sunday, directly in front of the spectacular Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. There are five teams challenging Oracle Team USA for the cup: Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Artemis Racing for Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan, and Groupama Team France.
The very first race took place off the south coast of England back in 1851, with the yacht "America" winning for the New York Yacht Club, giving both the race and trophy its name. To give you an idea of how long the race has been taking place: Nine America's Cup races took place before the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens back in 1896. Often called "the oldest trophy in international sport," not only does the America's Cup require immense sailing skill paired with the latest modern technology, it requires deep pockets to keep these enormous teams afloat.
As with any sport, timing is everything, with valuable points applied towards the final race taking place in Bermuda next year. And so British watch brand Bremont takes the role of Official Timing Partner, as well as working with the defending Oracle Team USA. Swiss brand Ulysse Nardin is paired with Artemis Racing, and Omega with Emirates Team New Zealand. All three brands make unique watches for the Cup, as does Vuitton. Here, we take a look at a few of the best.
Bremont Regatta OTUSA Black