New Zealand America’s Cup fans can watch LIVE coverage of every race of the 35th America’s Cup on SKY, which has acquired exclusive rights to the event, beginning with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman at the end of this month.
“SKY New Zealand becomes a powerful partner for the America’s Cup with this agreement,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the 35th America’s Cup.
“We know how enthusiastic the fan base is in New Zealand. The Kiwi team has been a finalist in five of the last six America’s Cups and is currently leading the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series after the first three events,” Schiller continued.
“Peter Burling, the current World Sailor of the year, and inaugural winner of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, has brought youthful, new energy in steering the team to the top of the leaderboard so there is a lot of excitement as we head into the 2016 events.”
SKY’s Director of Sport Richard Last said: "The last America’s Cup had the entire country watching as Emirates Team New Zealand came within a race of bringing the Cup back to New Zealand.
“We are proud to be the exclusive broadcast partner for this edition of the America’s Cup, as we follow Emirates Team New Zealand through the qualifying events towards the finals in Bermuda in June 2017.”
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series continues with the first event of 2016 on February 27-28 from Muscat, Oman. The LIVE action will screen on SKY Sport and be supplemented with replays and highlights.
SKY Sport will continue its coverage across this year’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in New York (May 7-8), Chicago (June 11-12), Portsmouth, UK (July 23-24), and Toulon, France (September 10-11).
In May and June of 2017, the action shifts to Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs as well as the America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton, where the top challenger will take on defending champion, ORACLE TEAM USA.
Live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series first event of 2016 from Muscat, Oman on SKY Sport:
Day 1: Saturday 27 February, 11.00pm (NZT) – SKY Sport Pop-up Channel 055
Day 2: Sunday 28 February, 11.00pm (NZT) – SKY Sport Pop-up Channel 055
About the America’s Cup
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851, when the yacht America, after which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, U.K. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become a symbol of immense achievement. It is perhaps the hardest trophy in sport to win. In it’s 165-year history, only four countries have managed to win the America’s Cup.
The America's Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, U.S.A.. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.
On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America’s Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America’s Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America’s Cup in May/June 2017.
The America’s Cup is honored to partner with Louis Vuitton as the title partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Louis Vuitton is also the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.
The America's Cup is also proud to be supported by BMW, Bremont, ORACLE, XL Catlin, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Gosling’s, Sperry and Sail Racing; as well as: Appleby, BF&M, Butterfield, Butterfield & Vallis, Moët & Chandon, PwC and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.
America’s Cup updates are also available on your mobile device. Go to the App Store to download the official America’s Cup App.