© ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The America's Cup World Series descended upon Naples, Italy this week, and if the reception there is any indication, Newport is in for quite a spectacle.
In a scene that can only be described as enormous, a crowd of some 250,000 turned out on a beautiful Easter Monday to experience first hand the resurgence of the America's Cup, and the kickoff to the fourth installment of the America's Cup World Series.
The turnout is thought to be the largest crowd that the regatta has seen since its debut last year in Portugal.
"Given my experience with (Italian racing syndicate) Luna Rossa in the past, I knew that the reaction from the Italian public would be huge,” James Spithill, skipper of ORACLE Racing, told organizers. “Of course I wasn’t expecting a crowd quite like this; it's really exciting to see.”
Racing in the ACWS is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and run until Sunday, April 15.
One month later, the series moves to Venice before wrapping up here in Newport, June 26-July 1.