America's Cup Jubilee Preview

Everything from racing schedules to social extravaganzas for next week
What The America's Cup Jubilee regatta has been jointly organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club. The regatta starts on the 18 August, running for the whole week through to the 25 August. Heralded as the most spectacular event of the century, it is certainly not an event to miss. With yachts of all designs competing from the beautiful J-Class yachts to modern high performance yachts such as the Farr 52. When Sunday 19 August-Saturday 25 August 16 August: Registration. 17 August: Registration. 18 August: Opening ceremony. 19 August: Race 1 (12 Metre and all the other classes). 20 August: Race 2 and 3 (12 Metre), race 2 (all the other classes). 21 Augus t: "Jubilee Race Around the Island", race 3. 22 August: Race 4 (12 Metre), race 4 (all the other classes). 23 August: Reserve day. 24 August: Race 5 (12 Metre), race 5 (all the other classes). 25 August: Race 6 (12 Metre), race 6 (all the other classes); official prize giving ceremony. Round the Island race On Tuesday, the day before the actual day of the 150th anniversary of the original America's Cup, a race will take place, racing clockwise around the Isle of Wight (as opposed to anticlockwise, as is normal in the Island Sailing Club's Round the Island Race) from the Royal Yacht Squadron line. Considerable effort has gone into replicating the original course, which will include marks off Spirsand and No Mans Lands, as well as the Nab Lightship (pre-Nab Light). The reason it is the day before is because of the strong tides expected on the actual day of the Jubilee (22 August). The Classes \ divisions for the event. There are an incredible 35 12 Metre class boats entered for the Prada International Twelve Metre Class World Championships, divided in to three separate divisions according to their age - Classic, Grand Prix