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America’s Cup set to hit Asia as Japan ends 165-year wait

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Japan to host America's Cup series

Two-day event in Fukuoka in November

Japan has first team since 1999

CNN —  

The America’s Cup is coming to Asia – for the first time in its 165-year history.

It was announced Thursday that Fukuoka, Japan, will welcome the World Series on November 18, with organizers hoping the two-day event will lure a brand new audience to the sport.

The series allows teams to pick up qualifying points ahead of next year’s Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger races in Bermuda, from which the winner takes on defending champion Oracle Team USA in the battle for the America’s Cup.

“This is an incredible opportunity to showcase this compelling sport to new audiences, not only in Japan but across all of Asia,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of the 35th America’s Cup and and a five-time winner of sailing’s premier competition.

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“With the challenge from SoftBank Team Japan marking the return of Japan to the America’s Cup, enthusiasm is building for the sport in Asia,” the New Zealander added.

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