The RNZYS and RYS have released a first glimse of the new intiatives to be included in the Protocol for the 37th America’s Cup due to be published in November.
With the AC75 remaining as the centrepiece of America’s Cup racing for at least the next two editions, a new class of boat, the one design AC40 foiling monohull, is being introduced as a new multipurpose class which will help expand pathways into the main event.
The Defender and Challenger of Record have been working to agree the Protocol for the next America’s Cup, and both parties can confirm the next event will be a multi challenger event and not be a one on one event that has been speculated.
The AC40 will be a dynamic, powerful, and super-fast scaled down version of the AC75 that will see it reach similar speeds to its big sister at times.
The intention is for the new class to be the catalyst to accelerate participation in the America’s Cup from the global talent pool of female and youth foiling sailors via separate AC37 Women’s and Youth America’s Cup regattas as part of the overall 37th America’s Cup event schedule at the Host Venue.
The AC40 will be used by AC teams for their scale testing and development, Match Race training, Preliminary Regattas and then for the Women’s and Youth events makes complete sense.
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton explained the detail behind the class and the regattas.
“All of the competing teams must purchase at least one AC40 which will be used in the Preliminary Regattas, and then made available for the respective and independent Women’s and Youth regattas to be held at the venue of the AC37 Match.”
“The yacht clubs of competing AC teams must enter both the Women’s and Youth events, however entries will also be open to other countries and yacht clubs.”
“We would certainly anticipate an entry from the Host country if in fact they do not have an America’s Cup team”.
“Furthermore, once the teams AC40’s are delivered by the end of 2022 and early 2023 our hope is that private owners will purchase their own AC40’s as we start to build an exciting and accessible class for the future.”
Over recent months The Defender and Challenger of Record have been working to agree the Protocol for the next America’s Cup which is due to be published on 17 November 2021.
The detailed document takes mutual agreement between both parties in creating the rules and parameters of the next event that all teams must accept as a condition of their entry into AC37.