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America's Cup: preparing for the worst

The America’s Cup World Series is designed to offer practice to the teams, fulfillment to the sponsors, and heighten awareness for the 35th America’s Cup Match in 2017.

But unlike the previous events that led up to the 2013 match, this edition also carries with it points that will benefit the series winner.

After four events, Emirates Team New Zealand tops the rank as the series comes to New York City on May 7-8. But unlike the America’s Cup Matches that had been in NYC from 1870 to 1920, held “free of headlands.” per the Deed of Gift, this racecourse lies in the shadow of lower Manhattan.

“This is certainly going to be a unique sailing regatta for everyone,” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby. “As always there are going to be the six teams not wanting to give an inch but fighting to take a mile out of each other – it will be full on but we are really looking forward to the challenge.”

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