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A Legendary Race Comes to the City of Dreams 

Nestled in the vibrant Mediterranean hub of Barcelona, Spain, an extraordinary maritime event unfolds – the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup. Spanning from August 22nd to October 27th, 2024, this captivating city plays host to the world’s premier sailing teams as they compete for the revered Auld Mug trophy. 

A Legacy of Innovation and Excellence 

The America’s Cup, steeped in 174 years of rich history, is the pinnacle of yacht racing, renowned for its cutting-edge technology, exhilarating speed, and fierce competition. It’s a testament to human ingenuity, pushing the boundaries of design and performance, transforming sailing into an art form. 

Barcelona: A Perfect Host for a Grand Event 

Barcelona, a city synonymous with art, culture, and innovation, is the ideal host for this prestigious event. Its stunning waterfront, world-class infrastructure, and passionate sporting spirit provide the perfect backdrop for this global spectacle.  Teams and Boats: A Clash of Titans  Six exceptional teams, representing the best in sailing prowess, will battle for glory: the defending champion is Emirates Team New Zealand, and they will be challenged by INEOS Britannia (Great Britain), Alinghi Red Bull Racing (Switzerland), Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (Italy), American Magic New York Yacht Club (United States), and Orient Express Racing Team (France).  The boats that will be used are called AC75s. These are highly advanced foiling yachts that can reach speeds of over 50 knots (92.6 km/h).. The AC75s are designed to be as fast and efficient as possible, and they are a testament to the cutting-edge technology that is used in the America’s Cup. 

A Sustainable Event with a Lasting Legacy 

Traditionally, support vessels for sailing races rely on conventional fuels, contributing to air and noise pollution. Barcelona’s America’s Cup takes a bold step forward by introducing the Chase Zero, the first-ever hydrogen-powered support vessel for the competition. This vessel, along with ten additional support boats to be used by the teams, will be fueled by hydrogen, eliminating harmful emissions entirely. To power these boats, a dedicated hydrogen fueling station has been established at the Port de Barcelona. This infrastructure paves the way for future adoption of hydrogen technology in the maritime sector, showcasing its viability and potential. The project aligns with Barcelona’s broader strategy to become a leader in the «blue economy,» focusing on sustainable practices within the maritime industry. By demonstrating the effectiveness of hydrogen fuel cells, the America’s Cup serves as a catalyst for wider adoption in commercial ferries, tugboats, and other harbor craft.  The focus on sustainability extends beyond the event itself: 
  • Greener Port Operations: The success of the Hydrogen Project, with the world’s first hydrogen-powered support vessel, the Chase Zero, could encourage the Port de Barcelona to transition its own operations towards cleaner fuels, reducing the overall environmental footprint of port activities. 
  • Boost for Green Businesses: The growing demand for hydrogen technology presents opportunities for local companies involved in hydrogen production, storage, and infrastructure development. 
  • Public Awareness: The America’s Cup will raise public awareness about the importance of sustainable practices in the maritime industry. This can encourage individuals and businesses to advocate for cleaner solutions. 
The event is expected to generate over 1 billion euros in economic activity and create 19,000 jobs. The America’s Cup will also help to promote Barcelona as a tourist destination and will showcase the city’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. 

Barcelona Welcomes the World 

Barcelona is ready to embrace the world as it hosts the America’s Cup. The America’s Cup is not just for sailing enthusiasts; it’s an event for everyone to enjoy. The Race Village, located at the Port Vell, will be a hive of activity, offering interactive exhibits, live music, and culinary delights. Spectators can witness the races from various vantage points, including beaches, specially designated viewing areas, and even on the water.  The event will also feature a variety of educational programs and initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of sailors and fostering a deeper appreciation for the marine environment.  Mark your calendars for an unforgettable event!