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America’s Cup — 35 days to go

Another milestone is celebrated today with just 35 days to go before the start of the 35th America’s Cup.

And the occasion will be marked with a fireworks display over Hamilton Harbour, starting at 8.30 tonight.

Also throughout the today America’s Cup Village Grandstand tickets for Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30 will be sold at half price, which can be bought on the www.americascup.com/tickets website.

The official Opening Ceremony of the big event is scheduled for May 26, after which the boats begin their quest for the most prestigious trophy in sailing.

From 5.00pm until 8.30pm tonight, the America’s Cup store on Front Street near the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, will also celebrate its official opening with a happy hour.

All six America’s Cup teams are now in Bermuda and into their final preparations. Practice racing in the America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats is scheduled to continue from April 24 to 28 which should see the Kiwi team, Emirates Team New Zealand, on the water at the same time as their competitors

As they fine-tune their preparations, work continues on the America’s Cup Village in Dockyard. According to organisers, the work is on schedule.

Tickets for the Grandstand have sold out for June 17, 18, 24 and 25.

Competition for the oldest trophy in international sport starts on the Great Sound at 5.00pm on Friday, May 26. The first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the official Opening Ceremony will take place that day from 8.30pm in the America’s Cup Village.

Defender Oracle Team USA, led by Jimmy Spithill who is chasing the ‘threepeat’ — three America’s Cup victories in a row — take on Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France in the first match. Following them, Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing will race the experienced Dean Barker and SoftBank Team Japan, and Groupama Team France will be in action against young gun Peter Burling who will take the helm for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Wrapping up day one on the water will be Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team who will go head to head with Artemis Racing, looking to build on the two point advantage the British team gained from winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

That will be followed by the official Opening Ceremony and another fireworks display.

The range of spectator experiences available for day one of racing and the Opening Ceremony and throughout the America’s Cup are available from www.americascup.com/tickets.