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36th America’s Cup : AC75 Class Rule Revealed

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The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia, together with their respective teams Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record Record #sailingrecord - Luna Rossa, published the AC75 AC75 #AC75 Class Rule for the 36th America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup today.

The AC75 AC75 #AC75 Class Rule defines the parameters within which teams can design a yacht eligible to compete in the 36th America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup . It regulates all aspects of the boat to ensure fair and exciting racing, whilst leaving plenty of freedom for innovation to flourish.

The development of the Class Rule has been a four-month process led by Emirates Team New Zealand, working together with Luna Rossa Challenge.

“We are pleased to publish the Class Rule on time as per the Protocol. It has been a detailed collaboration with the Challenger of Record Record #sailingrecord on all aspects of the rule, including the one design and supplied parts. We feel we have done a great job containing costs on certain aspects, while leaving the rule open enough for the America’s Cup America's Cup #AmericasCup to continue as the driving force of innovation and technology in sailing,” said Dan Bernasconi, Design Coordinator for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Highlights of the AC75 AC75 #AC75 Class Rule include :

  • Strict limitations on the number of components that can be built including hulls, masts, rudders, foils and sails, thus encouraging teams to do more R&D in simulation and subsequently less physical construction and testing
  • Supplied foil Foil #foil arms and cant system to save design time and construction costs
  • Supplied rigging
  • One design mast tube

In addition, the ‘soft wing’ mainsail concept that has been developed for the AC75 Class Rule is expected to have a trickle down effect on sailing in the future.

“The AC75 Class Rule sets the parameters for the teams to develop and race the fastest sailing monohull on earth. The rules are the result of a close collaboration and a true partnership between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa,” said Martin Fischer, Design Coordinator for Luna Rossa Challenge.

“This marks a definite milestone and a turning point from developing the rule to developing the boat,” said Dan Bernasconi. “Overnight we have to completely change our thinking, from trying to write a fair rule, to doing our best to design the fastest boat within the constraints of the rule. We have to stop thinking about what we intended the rule to mean, and start trying to pick it apart for what the words actually say - and see where there might be room to squeeze some advantage.”

This will be the same for the best minds in yacht design and technology across all of the teams who will begin to reveal their innovations 31 March 2019 when the first AC75 yachts can be launched.​

AC75_Class_Rule.pdf - Google Drive

Key dates :

  • 30th November 2017 : AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
  • 1st January 2018 : Entries for Challengers Open
  • 31st March 2018 : AC75 Class Rule published
  • 30th June 2018 : Entries for Challengers Close
  • 31st August 2018 : Location of the America’s Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed
  • 31st August 2018 : Specific race course area confirmed
  • 31st December 2018 : Late entries Deadline
  • 31st March 2019 : Boat 1 can be launched
  • 2nd half of 2019 : 2 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
  • 1st February 2020 : Boat 2 can be launched
  • 2020 : 3 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
  • 10th-20th December 2020 : America’s Cup Christmas Race
  • January & February 2018 : The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
  • March 2018 : The America’s Cup Match


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