Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup - the America's Cup Challenger Series - has been held when more than one Challenger is vying for the right to race the Defender for the America's Cup (as is the case for the 34th America's Cup).
The role of the Louis Vuitton Cup is twofold - not only to select the best Challenger, but also to help prepare that team to race successfully against the Defender in the America's Cup Match (Finals).
The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will race the Golden Gate Yacht Club's (GGYC) defending team in the finals, a first-to-win-five (best of nine) race series known as the America's Cup Match (Finals).
Nearly 160 years old, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. Initially a one-on-one competition between teams representing foreign yacht clubs, the America's Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions - featuring the best sailors on the world's fastest boats - the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans.