36th America’s Cup live on Sky Sports
Sky Sports will broadcast sailing’s 36th America’s Cup, the oldest international trophy in world sport, in March 2021.
The new deal means Sky Sports will show the America’s Cup World Series, Christmas Regatta and PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series, before culminating with the 2021 America’s Cup Match.
Alongside the live TV coverage, Sky Sports’ digital and social channels will showcase extensive features, highlights and reports from all the key moments.
36th America’s Cup – Live on Sky Sports
After winning the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, Emirates Team New Zealand are the defenders and have set the rules and parameters for this 36th edition of the America’s Cup.
It is set to be a thoroughly modern race and marks the return to monohulls, with all teams sailing phenomenal AC75s which lift off out of the water and fly above it.
It’s exciting to welcome back sailing to our customers in what is bumper year for live coverage across all our channels. The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of the sport and we look forward to broadcasting such a prestigious competition.
Rob Webster – Sky Sports Managing Director
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, American Magic, INEOS TEAM UK and Stars and Stripes Team USA will all be bidding to become the 36th challenger in the America’s Cup race.
In order to do that, they must win the Prada Cup – Challenger Selection Series which will push them to their limits when it starts on January 15, 2021.
The PRADA Cup – Starts January 15 live on Sky Sports
It is an arduous series and one that even the most experienced of sailors knows will test his team to the max.
“I think that it’s going to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest on record to win when you look at the line-up of the teams,” Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of INEOS TEAM UK said.
“So, just to get through the Challenger Series we’ve got our work cut out. If you get through that challenge, you’re up against effectively the All Blacks of the sailing world on their home waters.
“That’s what makes it special, that challenge. If you can achieve that goal against that sort of line-up, that’s an incredible achievement.”
The first chance to see all the teams in action will be on December 17 as part of the America’s Cup World Series. All have created two AC75s and this day marks an opportunity for them to race their second AC75 for the first time.
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