iShares Cup schedule announced
At each venue the emphasis has been placed on public accessibility and a grandstand view of the racing - spectators are guaranteed a close-up view of the short-course, action-packed racing alongside the iShares Cup Race Village.
Round 1 : Italy - 15-17 May 2009
Round 2 : France - 3-5 July 2009
Round 3 : United Kingdom - 1-3 August 2009
Round 4 : Germany, Kiel - 28-30 August 2009
Round 5 : The Netherlands - 25-27 September 2009
Round 6 : tbc - 10-12 October 2009
Racing will be staged over three days Friday to Sunday with a Media Day held the day before each regatta.
The venues will be announced over the coming weeks (snore....) starting this week with the confirmation that the German city of Kiel will, once again, host a round of the iShares Cup.
After the huge success of the inaugural iShares Cup 2008 regatta in Kiel, which saw over 80,000 spectators cheering on the Extreme 40s which prompted Alinghi skipper, Ed Baird, to comment: "I think we've probably sailed in front of this many in a television situation but not in person, this is fantastic." - the city of Kiel will host Round 4 of the iShares Cup in August directly in front of the Kiellinie.