America’s Cup 2017 Live Stream Online holder Oracle Team USA is staring down the barrel of defeat against a powerful challenge from Emirates Team New Zealand. You cast your vote all month long as we put the best America’s Cup designs of the last 166 years up against each other! Now it all comes down to just two classes, the iconic J-Class, and the much loved IACC. Who will win? You decide! Watch Live: America’s Cup 2017
In 1903, motivated by the extremity of Reliance, the largest racing sloop to ever sail the Cup, under the Seawanhaka Rule, Nathaniel Herreshoff suggested a new rule aimed to make racing more wholesome and durable. What resulted was one of the most iconic classes in sailing. Under the new Universal Rule, overall length and displacement were included in the rating to benefit the heavy hulls of the large racing sloops, without handicapping sail area. The decision was controversial for British and American clubs who wished to pursue speed as the ultimate goal for the America’s Cup class.
Saturday, 24 June
USA v New Zealand – Race 5
New Zealand v USA – Race 6
Race 5, Race 6 from 18:00-19:30 (BBC highlights on Sunday)
Sunday, 25 June
New Zealand v USA – Race 7
USA v New Zealand – Race 8
Watch highlights of Saturday’s races from 13:00-14:00 on BBC Two
Race 7, Race 8* from 18:00-19:30 (BBC highlights on Monday)
Monday, 26 June
Watch highlights of Sunday’s races from 13:00-14:00 on BBC Two
Race 9*, Race 10* from 18:00-19:30
Tuesday, 27 June
Race 11*, Race 12*, Race 13* from 18:00-20:00
Under the new Universal Rule, overall length and displacement were included in the rating to benefit the heavy hulls of the large racing sloops, without handicapping sail area. The decision was controversial for British and American clubs who wished to pursue speed as the ultimate goal for the America’s Cup class. In the wake of the controversy over the Mercury Bay Challenge in 1988, a new rule was put into place. The International America’s Cup Class (IACC) was introduced to replace the 12-metre class after its 30 year stint as the preferred design. The new yachts aimed to preserve the heritage of the 12-meter by establishing restrictions that would place equal weight on yacht design and seamanship skills.
America’s Cup Finals
Under a revised Universal Rule, James Lipton would continue to seek the cup with Shamrock IV and V, but was kept at bay by American defenders, Resolute and Enterprise. Carrying on Lipton’s legacy, another British challenger, of aviation fame, Sir Thomas Sopwith mounted a series of challenges, unsuccessfully facing down Rainbow and Ranger.
The first challenge saw an Italian team, Il Moro di Venezia take on Bill Koch and Buddy Melges’ America3. The Americans one again triumphed, but their victory was short lived. Russel Coutts quickly mounted a challenge from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and handily defeated Dennis Conner 5-0 with his uncannily fast Black Magic.
The IACC would bring about a series of Cup changes of hand. While the American’s successfully defended the first challenge, New Zealand, held the trophy for several years. In 1999, another America’s Cup milestone was hit, when for the first time in the event’s history, the trophy was contested without an American challenger or defender in the finals.
In 2003, a host of strong challengers battled for the right to challenge the Cup in Auckland during the challenger selection series. The Swiss syndicate, Alinghi, having poached New Zealand sailors to aid their challenge, defeated the Louis Vuitton Cup trials and in turn took the America’s Cup 5–0 for the Swiss. Alinghi became the first European team in 152 years to win the trophy. Alinghi would go on to defend the cup again in 2007 against BMW Oracle.