Hot on the heels of the 7-3 victory of Emirates Team New Zealand over Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team came the announcement of the Challenger of Record (CoR) for the 37th America’s Cup in the ballroom of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. To the surprise of nobody, the Royal Yacht Squadron, represented by INEOS Team UK, have been announced as the CoR. However, Luna Rossa are expected to be back, as well as the New York Yacht Club. More teams are expected to challenge, which we will announce when confirmed.
Royal Yacht Squadron commodore Jamie Sheldon is believed to have met with Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron commodore Aaron Young on the water to confirm the Challenge, which was lined up months ago. It was then announced in the ballroom at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Westhaven just before the expected official release from the Club and Emirates Team New Zealand.
Further details will be announced in due course but it is almost certain that we will see the continuation of the AC75 class, which Sir Ben Ainslie has publicly backed. There have been rumours that the Cup Defence will occur in the UK, but as Live Sail Die understands, this is a misinterpretation of a planned two boat “hype” race around the Isle of Wight between the Defender and Challenger of Record. This could be intended as a pre-event, much like the America’s Cup World Series, and would help to keep the teams together and ensure some continuity in the event. The Cup itself is anticipated to be held in Auckland again, starting in November 2022.
More details will be reported as we learn them, including any changes to the Class Rules. One particular rule change that we are hoping for is for the boat building rule to be changed so as to ensure the presence of more teams.