America's Cup- New version of AC72 class rule released

The AC45 one design and AC72 compared.

Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering, Inc. has released an updated draft of the AC72 Class Rule on behalf of the America’s Cup defender, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, and the Challenger of Record,
Italy’s Club Nautico di Roma.

The AC72 Class Rule, Draft 2.0, is now available at

Since the first draft was released on 16 September, potential teams for the 34th America’s Cup have been able to review and contribute to the rule that will govern the innovative and exciting new wing-sailed 72ft catamarans that will race for the next America’s Cup.

This latest draft further limits the design and construction of the new yachts to minimize costs and to help assure close, challenging racing with excellent on-board TV coverage.

Teams and other interested parties now have another opportunity to give input before a final version is published 15 October 2010. Comments are due to before next Monday, 11 October 2010, by email to

The independent development of the rule has been led by noted multihull designer and world champion sailor Pete Melvin and his Huntington Beach (California) firm Morrelli & Melvin on behalf of all America’s Cup teams.