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America's Cup World Series on Sky

UK broadcaster to go live for Naples and Venice

Tuesday February 28th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Sky Sports will provide full daily live coverage of the next stops of the America’s Cup World Series in Naples, Italy in April and in Venice in May, in addition to daily race highlights.

With 13 hours of live coverage alone planned over 11-15 April, Sky Sports will be the UK’s home base for America’s Cup racing. Both events will be available in the UK live on Sky Sports and via live streaming on skysports.com.

Rik Dovey, Deputy Managing Director of Sky Sports said: “We are delighted to be able to show the America’s Cup on Sky Sports and give UK viewers a chance to see the live action of the events leading up to the 2013 America’s Cup. This is another example of the value we are creating for customers through our content. Our different ways of keeping up-to-date and support programming can take new followers and devoted fans to the core of this sport.”

As the AC World Series prepares to make its fourth stop on the circuit in Naples, event organisers will also be announcing partnerships with free-to-air national broadcasters in the American and Italian markets in the coming days.

Richard Worth, Chairman and CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority: “We’re delighted to see the growth of interest of the America’s Cup World Series by pivotal broadcasters like Sky Sports. We believe that the athletic and competitive nature of the sport is showing far wider audiences just how exciting the sport of sailing really is. The reliability and drama of the events are proving intensely attractive.”

Naples will mark the return of one of Italy’s strongest America’s Cup challengers, Luna Rossa Challenge, to the competition. The team returns in force and style, fielding not one but two teams aboard the AC45s, the first of the next generation wing-sailed catamarans.

A fleet of eleven AC45s from eight different countries will do battle representing nine America’s Cup teams. The international fleet will compete off the waterfront of via Caracciolo, where the AC World Series Naples will feature some of the world’s best sailors competing in the fastest boats.

In addition to the Italians, teams representing New Zealand, China, France, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States will be on the starting line in Naples. At the halfway stage in the inaugural World Series, Emirates Team New Zealand leads the Team USA/ORACLE Racing Spithill by just a single point in the overall standings.

Sky Sports live coverage will run daily at 13:00 UK time, and the broadcaster will continue to showcase America’s Cup Uncovered, the 30-minute feature program documenting the background stories of the America’s Cup.

The AC World Series has shown rapid growth in its total distribution, now reaching more than 190 countries and territories around the globe.

“In every sense of the word, the America’s Cup is reinventing itself, from our cutting-edge boats to breakthrough sporting technology to our close-to-shore racing,” said Worth. “Everything about this new America’s Cup is designed around the spectator experience.”

UK viewers can also keep up-to-date with Sky Go, which allows Sky TV customers with Sky Sports access across a range of devices. Sky customers will be able to watch live streaming of every Sky Sports channel on laptops, computers, tablet and mobile devices. There is also coverage on skysports.com, plus the breaking news and views round the clock on Sky Sports News.

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