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36th America’s Cup : 75 foot high performance monohulls confirmed • Match to be raced in March 2021 in Auckland

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The Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup was released at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron after a focused and friendly period of negotiation between the Defender and the Challenger of Record Record #sailingrecord Circolo della Vela Sicilia following Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in the America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup only three months ago in Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton presented the Protocol globally via Facebook Live and outlined the roadmap and rules that the 36th America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup will be sailed under.

“It gives me great privilege to release the Protocol today.” said Dalton “From the moment we won we have felt a responsibility to release this document as soon as possible to provide the required details that potential teams can now base a challenge on.”

“The plans are coming together nicely – we shall have a very exciting boat that will be fast and powerful. We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible technically and this will test the designers, boat builders and the sailors to the limit. Just what the America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup is all about”

With the return to monohulls confirmed earlier this month, it was today announced that the AC75 Class of boat will be a 75 foot high performance monohull governed by the AC75 Class Rule which will be published by the 31st March 2018, with initial concepts of the class being released to key stakeholders by the end of November 2017.

Dalton also confirmed that PRADA has secured the right to be the exclusive naming and presenting sponsor of all events comprising the 36th America’s Cup including the Challenger Selection Series, which will officially be named The PRADA Cup.

The dates and venue of both the America’s Cup Match and The PRADA Cup will be announced by 31st August 2018. The intended venue is Auckland, New Zealand with the Match to be raced in March 2021, preceded by The Prada Cup in January and February 2021.

A series of preliminary regattas will be raced internationally in 2019 & 2020 in the AC75 Class boats, culminating with a Christmas Regatta in December 2020 for all competitors.

Each competitor is permitted to build two boats, the hulls of which must be laminated in the country of the competitor. The first boat is not permitted to be launched prior to 31st March 2019, the second can be launched after the 1st February 2020.

The rules stipulate that no two boat testing will be allowed, except by the Defender only during the period of racing in The PRADA Cup, as they will play no part in this stage of the competition.This decision, amongst others, plays true to the challenger/defender tradition of the America’s Cup throughout its long history which both negotiating parties were keen to embrace.

An increased emphasis has been placed in the rules around the nationality of the sailing crews when racing.

20% or three crew, whichever is higher, must be true nationals (i.e. citizens) of the competing yacht club. The remainder of the crew can be made up of residents of the challenging yacht club’s country defined by being physically present in that country for a minimum of 380 days over a 2-year period between September 2018 & 31st August 2020.

The Protocol has been negotiated to result in a fair and transparent event with cost containment at its centre to help attract as many quality challengers as possible.

Race Management will be entirely independent of the event organisation Organisation #organisation led by the Regatta Director. The umpires and jury that will manage all on the water rules and disputes for all events.

An independent Measurement Committee will manage the measurement process in accordance with the AC75 Class Rule.

An Arbitration Panel will oversee and deal with all Protocol disputes with published decisions to maintain the integrity of the event.

The Challenger of Record Record #sailingrecord will organise the PRADA Cup and the Defender will organise the America’s Cup Match while cooperating with regards to commercial issues such as sponsorship and broadcast rights for the 36th America’s Cup as a whole.

Key dates :

  • 30th November 2017 : AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
  • 1st January 2018 : Entries for Challengers Open
  • 31st March 2018 : AC75 Class Rule published
  • 30th June 2018 : Entries for Challengers Close
  • 31st August 2018 : Location of the America’s Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed
  • 31st August 2018 : Specific race course area confirmed
  • 31st December 2018 : Late entries Deadline
  • 31st March 2019 : Boat 1 can be launched
  • 2nd half of 2019 : 2 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
  • 1st February 2020 : Boat 2 can be launched
  • 2020 : 3 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
  • 10th-20th December 2020 : America’s Cup Christmas Race
  • January & February 2018 : The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
  • March 2018 : The America’s Cup Match


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