The Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup was released today at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron after a focused and friendly period of negotiation between the Defender and the Challenger of Record Circolo della Vela Sicilia following Emirates Team New Zealand’s victory in the America’s Cup only three months ago in Bermuda.
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.
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.
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
3 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
10th-20th December 2020:
America’s Cup Christmas Race
January & February 2021:
The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
The America’s Cup Match