From 12 to 20 May 2012 The stars of the world’s longest running sporting tournament, the America’s Cup World Series will be sailing the waters of the Venice Lagoon from 12 to 20 May 2012. The general program for the event was presented this morning at the Borsa Italiana del Turismo (BIT tourism trade fair) in Milan. The fast AC45 catamarans (13.5 m long, equipped with rigid wings with a surface area of 85 square meters) of the eleven teams in the event, from the USA, France, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand, Korea and China, and including some of the top teams in the world such as the Luna Rossa, the only Italian boat taking part, will challenge each other in San Marco’s Bay, in front of the Palazzo Ducale, and in open sea in front of the Lido. The America’s Cup World Series in Venice will be a genuinely public event. A circle of boats will be used to follow the regattas in the Lido, while on the island itself information points and observation areas will be set up, while Piazza San Marco, San Giorgio Island and the nearby banks will act as spectator galleries for the trials in San Marco’s Bay. Furthermore, maxi-screens will be set up to provide live coverage of the regattas, concerts, traditional sailing races and other events put on for the public, who will have the opportunity to see the protagonists of the ACWS up close in the village that will be hosting the team bases in the Arsenale. The event to be held between 12 to 20 May is the first of two stages to be hosted by Venice; the second event will be held between 13 and 21 April 2013. The 2012 event is only the run-up to the Louis Vuitton Cup and the 2013 America’s Cup which will fought out using the impressive AC72 catamarans, no less than 22 meters long and with a 40 meter high wing and a surface area of 260 square meters.