Barcelona, 17 March 2023: The historic Catalonian port of Vilanova i la Geltrú, has today been announced as the Host Venue for the first Preliminary Regatta of the 37th America’s Cup, with racing to take place over four days between 14-17th September 2023 in the world’s most exciting new foiling class – the AC40.
Just 45 kilometres south-west along the coast from America’s Cup Host Venue Barcelona, Vilanova i la Geltrú will proudly represent the region of Catalonia and Spain as the starting point of the 37th America’s Cup cycle. Racing will see a mix of both fleet and match-racing with the six confirmed entries for the America’s Cup all represented, and will be conducted in the area outside the port entrance affording both a perfect viewing gallery and wide fan engagement opportunities.
As the first regatta on the journey to AC37 in Barcelona, the eyes of the world will be on the beautiful town of Vilanova i la Geltrú with all racing broadcast free-to-air through a dedicated America’s Cup television production. The regatta will offer the world a first glimpse of what can be expected when the Youth & Women’s America’s Cup races begin in earnest in September and October 2024 in Barcelona and will be the first time the AC40 fleet will race each other over both fleet and match-racing courses.
INEOS Britannia's AC40 'Athena' will also be used by Athena Pathway when they represent Britain in the Youth and Women's America's Cup.
Read more on the venue announcement here.