Six teams take to the water in Fukuoka, Japan – the first time an America’s Cup event has taken place in Asia. And Skipper Dean Barker and his new team SoftBank Team Japan are ready for the last in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races. Everyone is fine tuning their foiling cats for the challenge.
Good news: Fukuoka is 17 hours ahead of us, so we can watch the races with the app at a decent hour! (Download the America’s Cup App.)
- Fri., Nov. 18 – Practice races start
- Sat., Nov. 19 – World Series Race 1 starts at 1pm – 8pm, Fri. Nov. 18 our time
- Sun., Nov. 20 – World Series Race 1 starts at 1pm – 8pm, Sat. Nov. 19 our time
Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi. Fukuoka is on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island.
Check out details on all events and more details on venue.
Understanding the Math Going into Fukuoka
Leaderboard at the close of the Toulon Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta in October:
- Land Rover BAR 437
- ORACLE TEAM USA 423
- Emirates Team New Zealand 420
- SoftBank Team Japan 399
- Artemis Racing 391
- Groupama Team France 360
What the numbers mean:
At the close of the final round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta in Fukuoka, the overall winner will start the round-robin America’s Cup Qualifiers in May of 2017 with two bonus points and the second place team will start with one bonus point.
At the end of the round-robin, ties will be broken by the LVACWS final standings. Which means that the LVACWS final standings can determine which Challenger team will be eliminated and which one will move on into the America’s Cup Match. It also can determine which team has the one point lead.
On Saturday, the races will yield 10 points for first place, 9 points for second and so on. On Sunday, the points double – 20 points for first place, 18 points for second, etc.
According to AC commentator Jack Griffen, “In spite of breathless reports which explain that the winner of a race on Sunday scores 20 points, it won’t be so easy for any of the teams to move up the leaderboard. Consider this: If the weather cooperates and all races are sailed, the most one team can improve over another is 45 points. And this would mean one team wins every race, scoring a total of 90 points for the regatta, while the other team comes in last in every race, scoring 45.
“Land Rover BAR is in a strong position to win the series and take the two bonus points. Oracle and Team New Zealand will be battling for second place and the remaining bonus point.” Full explanation here.
- You can download the America’s Cup App.
- You can wait to view the races when the broadcast schedule is ready.