Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

America's Cup- Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta

by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz on 19 Jul 2014
San Francisco, 34th America's Cup Final - Oracle Team USA CEO Larry Ellison Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa© http://www.lunarossachallenge.com
Although no public announcement has been made by the club, several sources spoken to by Sail-World have confirmed that Hamilton Island Yacht Club have with drawn from the 35th America's Cup and relinquished their position as Challenger of Record.

No reasons for the move have been given which are expected in an official announcement early next week.

The move by Hamilton Island YC follows a Competitor Meeting called by them in Los Angeles last weekend.

A similar situation occurred in the 34th America's Cup, when Golden Gate YC accepted a Challenge from Yacht Club di Roma (Mascalzone Latino) on very favourable terms to the Defender. That club also pulled out, saying they could not find the financial sponsorship to continue.

There has been widespread opposition to the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, with the Russell Coutts led negotiating team putting forward provisions that are unacceptable to almost all potential Challengers, and also eliminating the preferred venue of the Challengers, San Francisco.

A statement since issued by America's Cup organisers was published on www.americascup.com

The America’s Cup organizers have received notification from the principals of Hamilton Island Yacht Club of their intention to withdraw Team Australia from the 35th America’s Cup.

'We are very disappointed to be receiving this news,' said Russell Coutts, Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). 'We were excited to have Australia as a challenger and we were also looking forward to the prospect of holding America’s Cup World Series events in Australia.

'But our focus going forward is with the teams that have already submitted challenges and the teams that have told us of their intent to do so before the entry deadline on August 8th.

In the meantime, ACEA is continuing its work to select a host venue for the America’s Cup in 2017. The selection process is progressing well with an aim to announce the final venue in October.

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), which revealed its America’s Cup team in a gala ceremony in London last month, had this comment:

We remain supportive of the Defender’s continued drive towards a more commercial event format, along with a more sustainable future for this historic trophy. BAR will be bidding to host two America’s Cup World Series events in 2015/16 at our new home in Portsmouth; as a key part of the road to the 35th America’s Cup. While the withdrawal of the Challenger of Record is regrettable, it is also not unusual and we will continue our own preparations for the 35th America’s Cup and look forward to an exciting future.
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet 300x250Zhik Dinghy 660x82Kilwell - 5

Related Articles

America's Cup - AC45 Surrogates line up in Bermuda
America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA lines up against the two Challenger teams America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA lines up against the two Challenger teams, Softbank Team Japan and Artemis Racing in Bermuda in their AC45S- Surrogate boats. Here's a little taste.
Posted today at 1:46 pm
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ ambush ACWS Portsmouth winner
Winner of the trip to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth gets the surprise of her life The lucky winner of the VIP Emirates trip to watch Emirates Team New Zealand racing at Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth got the surprise of her life when she was stopped in the street to be told the good news....
Posted today at 1:33 pm
America's Cup - Artemis Racing in New York plus design insights
Follow Artemis Racing to New York for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Swedish America's Cup Challenger Artemis Racing gives us an exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup. First we follow Artemis Racing to New York for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, and then it is into the design office to learn more about the importance of performance prediction as part of the design process.
Posted today at 1:04 pm
Gladwell's Line - Another day, another Olympic selection decision
The Olympic non-selection issues continued to generate heat on both sides of the Tasman, and now further afield. The Olympic non-selection issues continued to generate heat on both sides of the Tasman, and now further afield. In Australia, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has handed down its Decision without providing reasons after a week of deliberation on the non-selection of their top crew in the 49erFX Women's skiff.
Posted on 29 Jun
Gladwell's Line - Emirates Team NZ launches shadow AC50
Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC4 Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC45S - as the test boats are called in the Protocol which governs the 2017 event. The bloated Protocol, which now runs to 83 pages of legalese, is restrictive on the size of boat that can be built as a test platform but doesn't restrict the number that can be built.
Posted on 22 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ launch their AC45S - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC45 S (Surrogate) on Tuesday afternoon at their Auckland base. Emirates Team New Zealand launched their first AC45 S (Surrogate) on Tuesday afternoon at their Auckland base. The team is expected to start their on the water testing program in a few days.
Posted on 22 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ launch new boat and new sponsor
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their new development boat at their Beaumont Street Emirates Team New Zealand celebrated a long awaited milestone today at their Beaumont Street base in Auckland by launching their first custom designed development boat. The boat is the first true development boat of which Sweden, Britain has two and USA has three. Japan has one passed on from the USA Defender. Team New Zealand also announced a welcome new sponsor.
Posted on 21 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ goes to the market for shore crew
Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for enthusiastic staff to join their composite building team. Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for enthusiastic staff to join their composite building team. The 30year old America's Cup team are building carbon composite parts for the team's America's Cup sailing yacht, and have positions available for entry-level or experienced boat builders.
Posted on 17 Jun
America's Cup World Series - Ainslie gives Chicago a big tick
Sir Ben Ainslie has come away pleased with the outcome of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. Sir Ben Ainslie, four times Olympic Gold medalist and skipper/CEO of British America's Cup team Land Rover BAR, has come away pleased with the outcome of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago. After giving the last event in New York a spray in the Daily Telegraph (UK) Ainslie was pleased with both his team's performance, and the Chicago event itself.
Posted on 14 Jun
America's Cup - Super Sunday signs off LV ACWS Chicago in style
Six America’s Cup teams fought fiercely for the double points on offer for each of Sunday’s three races. Perfect winds, cooler temperatures and a record breaking crowd of over 200,000 America’s Cup fans lining Chicago’s Navy Pier, combined to make Super Sunday, the final day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, an incredible finale for foiling action in the USA.
Posted on 13 Jun