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Jeddah Saudi Arabia - 37th America's Cup
It’s only 4 weeks until the America’s Cup–the world’s oldest international sporting event–lands in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The second Preliminary Regatta of the 37th America’s Cup will take place in Jeddah from Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 2 December, marking the first time in the America’s Cup’s 172 year history that the world’s top sailing teams will race on the Red Sea. As the world’s most prestigious yacht race, it’s shaping up to be one of the most thrilling sporting events of the year.
You won’t want to miss a moment of this historic event, so be sure to check out our full event guide!
Who Is Racing
With the arrival of Alinghi Red Bull Racing into their Jeddah base on the Obhur Creek, followed by their first sailing today, the countdown to the second Preliminary Regatta of the 37th America’s Cup has well and truly begun.
Sailing the AC40s on the Red Sea – a first for the America’s Cup – is a big moment for the sport and a significant moment for the activation of the Jeddah Yacht Club and the Saudi Sailing Federation’s investment in youth and women’s sailing in the Kingdom. Inspiring the next generation into sailing is a deep commitment of both the Club and the Federation with some 40 children a day taking part in sailing activities aboard the club’s RS dinghy programme.
Seeing the high-octane AC40’s, capable of speeds up to 45 knots (perhaps more), sailed by the best foiling sailors in the world today is hopefully the catalyst to even wider participation. Diego Torrado, Boat Captain of the AC40s for Alinghi Red Bull Racing, summed up the sailing area after training today saying: “The day today was really successful. Nice day, nice location, nice wind, good weather, fantastic place… we have a nice sea breeze, warm water and this is a really nice area for sailing. We had a nice day and super happy.”
The unique light of what is now autumn in Saudi Arabia, and warm, temperate conditions of low 30 degrees made the first training session of the second Preliminary Regatta, something to savour. The Swiss set a course along the famous Jeddah Corniche of some 1.5 nautical miles and it’s here where several fan zones and activations will be housed – as a natural viewing platform, it’s hard to beat and with the boats coming so close into the breakwater shoreline, it promises to be a not-to-miss opportunity for fans and spectators to savour.
Racing starts in earnest on Wednesday 29th November with an eight-race format through to the 2th December where the top two teams will contest the grand final to decide the winner. It promises to be a spectacular event in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and one of the highlights of the global sailing calendar in 2023.
photo credit: Alex Carabi / America's Cup
Discover Jeddah, the Mermaid of the Red Sea.
Jeddah, set on the Red Sea and with a bustling port and busy city centre is regarded as one of the most lavish ports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The city has a rich heritage fusing the old and the new with its UNESCO-listed historic centre Al Balad, often referred to as the gateway to Mecca, combining with soaring modern architecture and five star luxury around the Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina. The picturesque Jeddah Waterfront offers the perfect vista onto the Red Sea where visitors can relax, enjoy the breath-taking views and discover the famous Al Rahma mosque, otherwise known as the ‘Floating Mosque.’
Often referred to as the ‘Mermaid of the Red Sea,’ the city’s motto is: ‘Jeddah is Different’ reflecting the truly diverse and cosmopolitan nature of the city, which features spectacular international events like the Red Sea International Film Festival and sporting events encompassing Formula 1™, football, golf, athletics, cricket, basketball, boxing and equestrian. Visiting Jeddah, you get to truly appreciate the distinct vibe of the city. It is a lively, progressive and interesting destination that offers much with a rich history and historical significance.
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