The 36th America’s Cup is the upcoming edition of the America’s Cup. It will be contested between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s team and the winner of the 2021 Prada Cup. All contenders will be sailing the AC75 high performance class of hydrofoil monohull – with speeds up to 50 knots expected.
The Cup will be sailed in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, on the east coast of the North Island, in Auckland City’s Waitemata Harbour as the venue. Auckland has long been known as the ‘City of Sails’.
The Cup will be sailed in 75 foot foiling monohulls. The boats have requirements around the boats being “constructed in country”. Teams are allowed to build two boats each.
The 2021 Prada Cup, now being to be held in Auckland between January 15 to February, will be used as the competition to determine the official challenger. It will be a quadruple round-robin tournament to determine a seeding. 2nd and 3rd seeds will then compete in a best of seven series to advance to a best of 13 final series against the 1st seed.
The winner of that final series will become the official challenger for the America’s Cup and compete against defender Team New Zealand.
The America’s Cup will be a best of 13 race series. Races will be held from 6-15 March, 2021, with two races per day on the 6th, 7th, 10th, and each day from the 12th to the 15th, and with additional “reserve days” available if poor weather necessitates.
Iain Murray – Regatta Director
“Everything is new, the boats are new. We see exciting young crews, and exciting boats and over the last couple of days I saw how they went away pre-Christmas and how they came back with thoughts and strategies and tactics. I’m starting to see match racing evolve, the aggression of the start coming to the surface.”
Sir Ben Ainslie – Team Principal and Skipper INEOS TEAM UK
“The team has been working flat out since the World Series and I give a huge amount of the credit to the likes of the shore team and the engineers. We talked about our performances on the wide range of the wind. We got a long way down that road in terms of improvements, there are a lot more to come. Other teams are also improving and everyday they come up with outbreak to their boats. We can be certainly competitive in the medium-strong wind range, the lighter race we still don’t know.”
Terry Hutchinson – Skipper and Executive Director New York Yacht Club American Magic
“The America’s Cup World Series is in the past and we are looking forward to the future. All the challengers have been seen to make steps behind that, as well the defender, our focus is really to the next month of racing. From our prospective we got four races, it will be good to see the performance on the day, but it will be also good to see everybody’s improvement”.
Max Sirena – Team Director Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team Challenger of Record
“We have always said that the development of this boat keeps going throughout the next few months. There will be few stuff coming on and I’m sure the other teams will do the same. Aerodynamics is everything when you are going over 50 knots. Likely, every change we did have been very good so far, we are very pleased with that, and with the design that allowed those changes.”