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Two new regattas will form part of the 37th America’s Cup event schedule

The two regattas will form part of the overall 37th America’s Cup event schedule and will feature within the Protocol for the 37th America’s Cup.

Together, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and defender Emirates Team New Zealand, along with the Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd and Challenger of Record INEOS TEAM UK, will share the protocol on November 17.

The protocol, which is a detailed document illustrating the rules and parameters for the 37th America’s Cup, is being created by the defender of the America’s Cup and the challenger of record.

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  • Women’s and Youth America’s Cup regattas will be part of the event schedule for the 37th America’s Cup, with teams performing in AC40 boats.

Teams that wish to enter the 37th America’s Cup must accept the Protocol as a condition to entry, and both parties have confirmed that it will be a multi-challenger event and not just a one-on-one event as has been speculated.

AC75s will remain as the class of yacht used for the next two cycles (Image credit – Carlo Borlenghi)

When the Royal Yacht Squadron Racing and INEOS TEAM UK were announced as the Challenger of Record, it was confirmed that the AC75 class of boat – 75ft foiling monohulls – would remain as the class of yacht used for the next two America’s Cup cycles. Now, a new class of boat – an AC40 foiling monohull – will be added to help accelerate participation in the America’s Cup from female and youth foiling sailors.

The AC40 is a super-fast, scaled down version of the AC75 and at times, it will be able to reach similar speeds to its sister boat. “Creating pathways and increasing participation for women, youth and emerging nations is something that has been a priority since winning in 2017,” Aaron Young, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Commodore, said

“In fact, universally it is seen as something that will only benefit everyone in the sport of sailing and was illustrated in the 20 entries, we received to our mixed crew youth AC that was initially planned for 2021, prior to COVID-19.” Emirates Team New Zealand celebrating with the Auld Mug after their AC36 victory (Image credit – ACE 36 | Studio Borlenghi)

“The yacht clubs of competing America’s Cup teams must enter both the women’s and youth events, however entries will also be open to other countries and yacht clubs.” Sir Ben Ainslie, INEOS TEAM UK Team Principal, is excited to see the benefit that these boats and regattas will provide.

“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. Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton explained further details behind the AC40 class and the regattas.