Sailing races come on various styles and levels. However, when you’re looking for the most competitive, most expensive and the most thrilling, you can’t go wrong with America’s Cup. This is where we see some of the biggest names in sailing from around the world take part in a race.
If you’re not too familiar with the Americas Cup race, the best place to start is right here as we go through some of the most interesting facts about the race:
Britain Hasn’t Claimed the Title Once
British racers are incredibly successful with various other forms of racing. However, with
Russel Coutts is the Most Successful America’s Cup Racer
New Zealand born sailor Sir Russell Coutts has the most impressive record when it comes to the America’s Cup. Coutts has been part of a winning team five times and even managed to win it three times as a skipper.
He formed part of the Oracle team as the CEO where he managed to win it another 13 times with just eight losses in three years, ranging from 2010 to 2013. Now, he is
Racing Destinations are Winner’s Choice
Being a winner in
America’s Cup Costs Hundreds of Millions for Each Team
As one of the biggest sailing races, it’s understandably how it can be the most expensive, especially when considering the technology of the boats. However, even with those costs excluded, the race itself costs $2 million just to enter for each team.
When it comes to the actual boats, some teams such as the Oracle team have keep known to spend around $200 million on developments. The BAR team from the UK has a budget of around £90 million, making this one of the most expensive sports in the world.
The figures mentioned above doesn’t include the costs to get to the boat to the racing destinations. Teams commonly encounter unexpected costs during race events or just before a race takes place, pushing up the price even more.