Getting ready for racing in Naples

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Preparations are in full swing in Naples, Italy ahead of the America's Cup World Series, which begins in earnest next week (April 16-21).

This is the third and final event of the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series season and the last competition for teams before the Summer of Racing in San Francisco.

This weekend, the local organizing committee in Naples is hosting the invitational Coast Parade Trophy on Sunday April 14. Most of the AC World Series crews have indicated they will be racing on Sunday.

Teams will then be training on the Bay of Naples in the early days of next week ahead of the first races of the America's Cup World Series Naples on Thursday April 18.

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For JP Morgan BAR skipper Ben Ainslie, the Naples regatta is an opportunity for his team to get back into race mode:

“First and foremost we’re really looking forward to getting racing again, it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of conditions we will have in Naples. We’ve been doing some practice sailing in San Francisco, which is predominantly windy, and we might face some lighter conditions in Naples and that means we’ll have to adapt quickly…

"The event was a great success last time and everything is very close to the shore so the public will really feel a part of the racing. As a team we made real progress during our last event in 2012, so we really want to build on our performance. This is our last opportunity to show what we are capable of this season so we will be working very hard to achieve an overall podium position at the end of it."

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