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AC teams will shine at Foil Fest event

America's Cup teams will take centre stage for a showpiece event in Dockyard on June 25.

Foil Fest 2016, will be hosted by America's Cup Bermuda, in conjunction with West End Development Corporation, and will feature Artemis Racing, Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan.

People will be able to witness the incredible speed and technology of the hydrofoiling catamarans, as well as tour the Dockyard bases of Oracle and Team Japan. Artemis Racing will have a public presence at the event.

A free event village will offer other family-friendly activities, while all three teams will also have their AC45 catamarans on moorings at Dockyard for public viewing.

The sailing teams will then take to the water later in the afternoon for a series of drag races to showcase the incredible speed of the race boats that are in the testing phase at present, as the teams design and build their official boats for next year's finals.

Mike Winfield, chief executive officer of ACBDA, said in a statement: “The boats will do their speed runs right next to the cruise ship docks in Dockyard so that the spectacle can be enjoyed as easily on the shore as on the water.

“These boats are much more powerful, and faster, than the ones we saw in October and the teams are all very excited about showcasing them to the people of Bermuda, one year out from the America's Cup in 2017.”

On shore, there will be a series of events, including free zip line and kids zone, food, beverage and other vendors, plus taster sessions with the America's Cup Endeavour programme will ensure something for all ages.

Andrew Dias, general manager of Wedco, said: “We're looking forward to having the public come out to Dockyard and get another taste of America's Cup excitement. There's been so much progress in Dockyard this year and people will enjoy getting a feel for that, too.”

Mr Winfield added: “We've come up with a concept that will allow broad participation both on shore and on the water. It's going to be a lot of fun for all who participate, including the America's Cup teams. This is being specially planned and presented for the people of Bermuda, so we don't want anyone to miss it.”

Foil Fest 2016 will take place from 11am to 4pm on June 25. More details concerning parking, the schedule of events and transportation will be shared in the coming weeks.

A festival of foiling: Artemis Racing, Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan will aim to put on a show in Dockyard this month (Photograph supplied)

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Published June 01, 2016 at 12:23 pm (Updated June 02, 2016 at 1:30 am)

AC teams will shine at Foil Fest event

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