x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai Regatta last for America's Cup sloops

The Louis Vuitton Trophy sailing series this month will mark the final chapter for the regatta and the America's Cup sloops.

DUBAI // The Louis Vuitton Trophy sailing series this month will mark the final chapter for the regatta and the America's Cup sloops.

It is also something of a debut for Dubai's efforts to earn a place on the world sailing map.

The nearly two-week competition, which begins on November 14, is the last for the Louis Vuitton event as the America's Cup moves into the multi-hull era of 72-foot, wing-sail catamarans.

The choice of Dubai for the farewell races reflects the growing interest in bringing world-class sailing to the Gulf after the America's Cup pulled out of plans to race in Ras al Khaimah this year over security concerns.