June 27, 2012
Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff
The America's Cup World Series is bringing its competition to Newport this weekend for four days of racing.
The America's Cup hasn't been to Newport since 1983, and has gone through monumental changes since then.
Sailors are now finely-tuned athletes who wear helmets and body armor.
The high-powered catamarans perform acrobatic moves and keep crewmembers perpetually in motion.
Once a sport held 4 miles offshore, the America's Cup series now occurs inside the harbor in view of the Newport mansions.
Fans are able to turn out to see the boats and the racing up close.
The 45-foot catamarans used in the America's Cup series need a crane to put them in and out of the water.
The America's Cup series is a precursor to the finals in September 2013, when the America's Cup will be awarded in San Francisco.