sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : America's Cup Protocol: Significant changes to accommodate new Events

America's Cup Protocol: Significant changes to accommodate new Events

'The revised America’s Cup Protocol governing the 34th Match'    .
The creation of an America's Cup World Series has led to some significant changes in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup which was released in Valencia at 1.00pm local time.

The changes have been required to allow for a new class of yacht, in fact two new boats, along with philosophy of ensuring continuity in the event, rather than the style of the match being reset by each new Defender. The document has reduced in size from the original - now being 41 pages down from the original 56 page edition. However it silent on the conduct of the Challenger and Defender Selection Series, which will be determined later.

A perpetual entity, America's Cup Race Management has been formed which provides for independent, professional and neutral race management. This entity takes over from the old America's Cup Properties Inc, which was previously transferred from Defender to Defender and really only owned the Cup Marks (the patented symbols, logos and brands associated with the America's Cup).

ACRM will take forward up to 5% of the surplus revenue towards the 35th America's Cup.

A new regatta circuit the America's Cup World Series has been formed which will be sailed each year and will be run by the same Protocol governing the America's Cup itself. Interestingly the Protocol calls for a series of regattas to be run before the 34th America's Cup, and also after the event in what is left of 2013.

The vexed issue of a Surrogate Yacht - use of which is controlled by the Protocol has been defined as any catamaran that is greater than 10 metres LOA (about 33ft) which is very small - and the previous Olympic multihull the Tornado catamaran was 20ft long. Tank testing is restricted to models a third size or less.

The Challenge window opens in six weeks time on 1 November and closes on 31 March 2011, late challenges may be accepted, at the discretion of Golden Gate Yacht Club and the payment of a late entry fee.

The high entry fees and performance bonds remain, however Teams who enter who are also part of the World Sailing Teams Association will have their shareholding in that body offset against their entry fee of EUR1.0million (two performance bonds of USD1.5million are also payable, however these are refunded if the competitor meets the requirements of the bond.) Under the conditions of the bond, competitors are required to race in all events for which they are eligible which includes all AC World Series regattas outside the actual America's Cup and the Selection Trial series.

A Competitor Forum will be established on which each team will have one vote. It is not certain if the decisions of the Forum are binding - it being more of a consultative body.

Interestingly the Protocol raises the option of the Match being sailed in more than one Venue, with it being effectively a best of nine regatta.

An America's Cup version of the International Sailing Federation's Racing Rules of sailing will be used for the events.

There will be three AC World Series sailed in 2011, seven in 2012 and three in the year of the America's Cup, 2013. The winner of each series will be called the America's Cup World Champion for that year, but presumably not be awarded the America's Cup which will still stay with the Match itself.

Each AC World Series regatta will be a combination of Match and Fleet racing as was the case with the Acts leading up to the 32nd America's Cup in Valencia. The AC72 yachts will not be sailed until after 30 March 2012, and the one design AC45 class will be used in the buildup in 2011 and first quarter of 2012.

Competitors are allowed to sail one or two yachts in the AC World Series Regattas. Crew size is reduced from 17 in the monohulls used in the 32nd America's Cup to 11 for the AC72 class.

Both the AC45 and AC72 class have been designed for ease of transport, and will have to fit into defined shipping cradles and containers. A maximum of two chase boats per team are allowed.

No sailing periods have been specified for both the AC45 class and AC72 class presumably in an effort to contain costs. Each team is restricted to the ownership of two AC72 yachts , the second of which cannot be launched 1 November 2012 - restricting the amount of two boat testing that can be conducted.

Masts are now defined as 'mast sections' and each competitor is allowed eight sections, which cannot be altered by more than 30% to avoid being rated as a new mast section. For AC World Series yachts will be required to ship a minimum of two wings.

A single website will run the web side of the event - with all teams being required to host their team site on the main America's Cup website. The intention of this rule is to build traffic around the single entity rather than having it split across ten or 12 different websites. (In reality the main AmericasCup.com website has always had the highest traffic by a big margin, and the audiences going to the individual team sites has been relatively low. Quite how this will be managed will be interesting to see.)

Substantial other media controls have been put into the Protocol, designed to channel comment and interviews in the first instance through the Event Organisers.




by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=74614

1:09 PM Mon 13 Sep 2010 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

09 Aug 2014  America's Cup: Former Artemis crew member says danger is being ignored
27 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress
23 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets
22 May 2014  America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
01 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ tech insights - Free lecture tonight
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
10 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World







Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,








Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT