- Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 21:28
- Written by Josh Courter
Photo by AC World Series
July-18-2012. The city of San Francisco has been the host of 4 different World Series’ in the past and is the proud winner of one. This August however, San Francisco will be host to a different type of World Series, one of Yacht racing and not Baseball. For the first time since 1995 the America’s Cup World Series will be hosted inside of the United States and it will debut a brand new format that will change the America’s Cup World Series for the better.
According to the Regatta Director of the 34th America’s Cup, Iain Murray the plan is to use this format at each of the events on the 2012-2013 AC World Series Tour. During last season a number of different formats were used as experiments until one was found that the Directors, the Racers and of course the fans were happy with. During the 2012-2013 World Series the stakes will be much higher with each fleet and match race now counting towards the final season ranking.
The way the new format will be conducted is by running the races starting on Wednesday and lasting until that Saturday. The top 4 teams will then go on to compete in the semis finals which will be held that Sunday. Later on Sunday the top 2 teams will then go on to compete on in a final which will determine the winner for that week.
The 2012-2013 AC World Series Format is listed below:
Wednesday: Match Racing
Thursday: Two Fleet Races (Match Racing Qualifier)
Friday: Two Fleet Races (Match Racing Qualifier)
Saturday: Two Fleet Races (Match Racing Qualifier)
Sunday: Match Racing Semi Finals and Finals; ACWS Championship Fleet Race
The points that are earned on Sunday are the points that will be totaled up over the course of the year to determine the AC World Series Champion. Points earned during the Match Races will also be totaled to determine a Match Racing Champion. For challengers these points can also be used towards the Louis Vuitton Cup which is set take place next year.
This is going to be quite a Championship my friends; the city of San Francisco has a lot to look forward too. They have already earned themselves one World Series win, and 5 Super Bowls. Now the city by the bay has the honor of hosting on of the largest yacht races in the world.