Jeddah Gears Up for the Exciting America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta

The city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia is buzzing with anticipation as it prepares to host the America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta, presented by NEOM. This prestigious event, set to take place from 29th November to 2nd December 2023, will feature the world’s top foiling sailors competing in the pristine Red Sea waters.

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia hosts a preliminary regatta of America's Cup

The Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina, a world-class facility, will be the event’s hub. The regatta will see teams battle it out in the AC40 class, known for its thrilling foiling action. The format includes eight fleet races starting on 30th November, culminating in a final match race between the top two teams.

The venue map

Team Profiles and Expectations

  • Emirates Team New Zealand: Known for their winning streak, the Kiwis are keen to make a comeback after a narrow loss in Vilanova. With a focus on the AC75 and AC40, their team, including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, is a formidable force.
  • INEOS Britannia: The British team has been honing their skills in the AC40, with Sir Ben Ainslie leading the charge. They aim to showcase improved performance and reliability in Jeddah.
  • NYYC American Magic: As winners in Vilanova, American Magic boasts a talented roster. With Tom Slingsby and Paul Goodison potentially helming, they are a team to watch.
  • Alinghi Red Bull Racing: The Swiss team has shown impressive skills in training and is expected to excel in Jeddah with their strong boat-handling and technique.
  • Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli: The Italian team, with helms like Jimmy Spithill and Francesco Bruni, is a mix of experience and talent. They are contenders for race wins and a podium finish.
  • Orient Express Racing Team: This French team, led by Quentin Delapierre and Kevin Peponnet, has shown the potential to challenge the more prominent teams with their innovative strategies.

Event Highlights and Fan Experience

The Race Village and Fan Zone, located along Jeddah’s Corniche, will be the heart of the event. Fans can watch the races live on giant screens and enjoy various activities. The Village is open to the public at no cost, ensuring accessibility for all.

Spectators can witness the AC40 boats speeding along the Corniche at up to 100 kph, offering a thrilling viewing experience. The event promises fast, furious, and closely contested fleet races, with six teams competing, including five challenging teams and the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.

Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina: A Hub for Sailing

The Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina plays a pivotal role in promoting sailing in Saudi Arabia. With its youth program and world-class facilities, it’s inspiring a new generation of sailors. The America’s Cup event in Jeddah is a significant milestone for the club and the sport in the region.

Event schedule day-by-day

29/11/2023 schedule:

  • 06:00 – 10:00 Local sailing activities and on-water exhibitions
  • 11:30 – 13:30 Practice Racing
  • 15:30 Race Village & Fan Zone opens
  • 15:30 – 18:00Opening Ceremony
  • 17:30 – 20:00Public entertainment
  • 20:00 Race Village & Fan Zone closes

30/11/2023 schedule:

  • 06:00 – 10:00 Local sailing activities and on-water exhibitions
  • 10:00 Race Village & Fan Zone opens
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Racing Preview Show
  • 11:30 – 13:30 First Day of Racing
  • 14:15 – 15:30 Post-race interviews
  • 16:00 – 20:00 Public entertainment
  • 20:00 Race Village & Fan Zone closes

01/12/2023 schedule:

  • 06:00 – 10:00 Local sailing activities and on-water exhibitions
  • 10:00 Race Village & Fan Zone opens
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Racing Preview Show
  • 11:30 – 13:30 Second Day of Racing
  • 14:15 – 15:30 Post-race interviews
  • 16:00 – 20:00 Public entertainment
  • 20:00 Race Village & Fan Zone closes

02/12/2023 schedule:

  • 06:00 – 10:00 Local sailing activities and on-water exhibitions
  • 10:00 Race Village & Fan Zone opens
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Racing Preview Show
  • 11:30 – 13:30 Third & Final Day of Racing
  • 16:00 – 20:00 Public entertainment
  • 16:30 – 17:30 Prizegiving
  • 20:00 Race Village & Fan Zone closes

Where to watch

For enthusiasts eager to witness the races firsthand, attending the America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta in Jeddah, presented by NEOM, won’t cost a thing – just ensure you book your tickets in advance.

There’s no need to miss out for those unable to attend in person. You can catch all the action live and without charge on the Saudi Sports Channel, MBC’s Shahid platform, and through live streaming on the official 37th America’s Cup YouTube channel.


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