America’s Cup: New Team Collaborations
As Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa collaborate to publish the AC75 Class Rule, we highlight the top yacht racing new team collaborations ahead in this year’s America’s Cup.
This week the AC75 Class Rule was published by Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger of the Record Luna Rossa three days ahead of schedule. The AC75 Class Rule defines the parameters that yacht racing teams must follow to design a yacht eligible to compete in the 36th America’s Cup, which will take place in Auckland in 2021.
The 36th America’s Cup will be raced in 75-foot-high performance monohull boats, replacing the multihulls boats of the two previous editions and returning to the traditional concept that was born in 1851 and used until 2007. Challenger teams have begun preparations for the upcoming edition of yacht race and are embarking on interesting partnerships for the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit.
Top 3 America’s Cup Collaborations for 2018
1. After 15 years of absence, the New York Yacht Club, which was the challenger in the first America’s Cup in 1851, has confirmed its presence in the next edition. The American team will participate in association with Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association under the title of ‘New York Yacht Club American Magic’. The new name honours two emblematic competition yachts: America, the first boat to win the America’s Cup in 1851 and Magic, the first boat to defend the Cup in 1870.
The New York Yacht Club’s association with Doug Devos’ Quantum Racing looks set to raise the high standards of both teams, with the 52 Super Series winners of 2013, 2014 and 2016 lending their expertise to enhance the monohull sailing skills of the combined crew.
2. Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR will be collaborating with Tony Langley’s Super Series 52 veteran Gladiator sailing team. With this partnership, Ainslie will attempt to bring back the Cup to Britain for the first time since 1851.
Both crews have already teamed up with previous success. Land Rover BAR Gladiator made its racing debut in the SCYA Mid-Winter Regatta in San Diego on 10th February, and raced in the NOOD Regatta from 17th until 18th March, in which the team won three races.
3. Challenger of the Record Luna Rossa is also preparing for the 36th America’s Cup. Although the crew have yet to establish partnerships with the 52 Super Series teams, the Luna Rossa team are already training with a provisional TP52 and will participate in the monohull competition with a new yacht, which is currently under construction at the Persico boatyard in Bergamo, Italy.
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