Over this past weekend, Chicago's Navy Pier was temporarily transformed into the venue for one of the world’s premier boating events, the America’s Cup World Series.
The teams participating in the America's Cup (or the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago) over the weekend raced on fresh water for the first time in the event’s 165 year history.
The Swedish team was in second place leading into Sunday’s races, just one point behind Softbank Team Japan. Steady conditions were expected, and the wind didn’t disappoint. Skipper, Nathan Outteridge commented:
“We said in the press conference we wanted to be consistent all weekend, and the guys really stepped it up.
It’s just great to be driving a boat and watching everyone in front of you nailing their roles.
It was a real pleasure to sail with these guys. Perc (Iain Percy) had really good communication with me all week about when we wanted to protect our position, and when we wanted to attack.
When you’ve got clear goals it makes life so much easier”.
The city put on quite a show, with tens of thousands of spectators lining the shore and hundreds of boats out on the water. Team Manager and Tactician, Iain Percy, was quick to thank the people of Chicago for hosting such a great event: