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The future is foiling

the future is foiling

AC45s to be modified; America’s Cup World Series to continue into 2018

The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the existing fleet of AC45 catamarans modified into fully foiling catamarans for racing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

Luna Rossa modified AC45

“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.

“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”

The teams have undertaken the project to modify the one-design AC45s into fully foiling catamarans with a view to racing the foiling versions as early as the 2015 ACWS season.

A feasibility study has been commissioned to determine whether the mods will need to wait until the 2016 season as the timeline to make changes to the entire fleet ahead of racing in 2015 is extremely tight.

The competitors have also appointed a working group to select a Regatta Director, as required by the Protocol.

By  Americascup.com

AC35 Protocol signed and released!

From americascup.com

http://youtu.be/rv6fLsz7Mk4

In synthesis:

  • A new boat: 62 feet winged cats sailed by 8 crew
  • America’s Cup World Series: 2 years (2015 and 2016) with at least 6 events per year raced by the (old) AC45 cats
  • America’s Cup Qualifiers series in 2017 will be raced with the new AC62 class cat
  • America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs for the top four challenger teams to emerge from the Qualifiers
  • The America’s Cup Match, featuring the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA against the top challenger. The first team to win 7 points will win the America’s Cup
  • A crew nationality rule requiring at least 25% of the AC62 crew to be nationals of the country of their challenge

Full detail here