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VIDEO: Scoring some early points

Believe it or not, the beginning stages of the next America’s Cup competition began during the past weekend in Portsmouth, England, with some of the most competitive sailors pushing high-tech catamarans to their limits.

Meet the skippers and see how seriously they take winning on the water.

The teams are racing the one-design AC45F, the 45-foot catamaran that was used during the America’s Cup World Series that preceded the 2013 America’s Cup. The boats have been retrofitted to include foiling daggerboards and rudders. The 35th America’s Cup will be held in 2017 in Bermuda.

The racing will be intense, and you can turn to the sailing website or the official America’s Cup website to catch the action.