Please select your home edition
Edition
Coast Guard Foundation LEADERBOARD 3

America's Cup: Flurry of Challenger action 48 hours before deadline

by Richard Gladwell Sail-World NZ 28 Nov 2018 02:12 PST 28 November 2018

With 48 hours left until Challenges close for the 36th America's Cup, several new and apparently serious Challengers have emerged.

There are six teams that have been mentioned in various leaks, and so-called inside stories, mostly emanating from Italy, since the initial Challenge closed at the end of June 2018.

The six are two from USA, two from Italy, and one each from Norway and China.

Yesterday a new Challenge was reported in the Netherlands sailing media coming from the two Royal yacht clubs based in Muiden and Rotterdam.

New Zealand sources confirmed there had been discussions with the Dutch, which has also occurred with numerous parties, since the Challenge period opened on January 1, 2018.

What gives the latest Challenger more credibility is that the story on Dutch sailing website zeilen.nl, was sourced from an advisory note circulated as a heads-up" to the membership of both clubs. In the past, this has been a reliable harbinger prior to a Challenge being lodged, and to avoid the club members first hearing of the Challenge via the sailing media.

The note quotes Round the World race skipper and twice winner of the America's Cup (with Oracle Racing/Team USA) Simeon Tienpont and talks specifically of a challenge for 2021. Tienpont also sailed with Softbank Team Japan at the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda.

Simeon Tienpont - AC72  - Oracle Team USA,.  San Francisco - photo © Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA <a target=www.oracleteamusamedia.com/" />
Simeon Tienpont - AC72 - Oracle Team USA,. San Francisco - photo © Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA www.oracleteamusamedia.com/

"The Dutch maritime sector is recognized as a world leader; it is now a matter of using that leadership to achieve success in participating in the 36th America's Cup. Add to this that our competition sailors are among the best in the world, " says Tienpont in an auto-translated quotation in the note.

"Now is the chance for the Netherlands to get a Dutch challenger on the water for the first time in history," Tienpont stated in the auto-translation from Dutch . "The design of the AC75 and the technical specifications are perfectly suited to the Dutch maritime and aviation industry. The America's Cup has always worked as a breeding ground for technology in competitive sailing, and more than ever before, these innovations are now also attracting the maritime industry. "

While overlooked by many, the Netherlands are a silent force in the sailing world.

At an Olympic level, the Dutch team finished top of the medal table at the combined Class World Championships, in August 2018 and were second in the sailing medal standing in 2016 at Rio de Janeiro. There were two Dutch flagged entries in the last Volvo Ocean Race, and the America's Cup is the only major sailing event on which the Netherlands has not made its mark.

Entries close in 48 hours at 5.00pm on November 30, NZT.

As well as the initial entry fee of USD$1million, a second instalment of USD$1million is also payable on November 30, 2018 for all accepted Challengers. In addition, late Challengers must pay a Late Entry Fee of USD$1million by December 31, 2018.

Sail-World NZ has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with an as yet unannounced Challenger (not the Tienpont-led team) a formal announcement was expected in Monaco on November 29, 2018, local time, however the team has advised that they will not be present in Monaco, but had filed their Challenge with Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. They expect to make a statement announcing the Challenge in January 2019.

All Notices of Challenge, are subject to vetting by the Defender, RNZYS, to ensure that they are in compliance with the Deed of Gift, the 19th century document which governs the conduct of the America's Cup generally, and also with the Protocol which covers the specifics of the 36th Match. Part of that Protocol sets out five criteria additional to the requirements of the Deed of Gift designed to eliminate an entity that is not a bona fide yacht club.

The new Challenges are expected to be single AC75 construction teams, while the four "Super" teams currently entered will all launch the maximum two AC75's permitted under the Protocol.

The Single AC75 teams are also expected to launch a Surrogate test boat of less than 12 metres overall length, and will also, as with all teams rely heavily on the use of simulators to test design concepts and train crew.

Late interest in Challenges for the 2021 America's Cup is believed to have stemmed from a number of factors.

There is more confidence in the foiling monohull design concept after the performance of a Surrogate yacht by the US Challenger American Magic.

The America's Cup champions. Emirates Team New Zealand have made entry easier by making a basic design package available to all teams, reducing the design risk for new teams.

The 100% nationality rule does not seem to be having the deterrent that was initially expected. The later announced teams seem relaxed with running multi-national teams and complying with the residency requirements of the Protocol.

New Zealand sources made it clear that there would be no extension of the Late Entry period, except on the basis of a Challenger having special conditions that would need to be discussed between the Challenger of Record, Circolo della Vela Sicilia and the Defender, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

RNZYS is compelled to accept any Challenge, including Late, which complies with the Deed of Gift governing the America's Cup and the Protocol negotiated between the Defender and Challenging clubs.

Related Articles

America's Cup: Update on INEOS Team Britannia
The INEOS media crew caught up with Giles Scott on the team's preparations ahead of a move to Spain The INEOS media crew caught up with Giles Scott, Senior Sailor, on how the team has been busy preparing to begin their Winter Training Camp in Palma later this year, sailing their AC40 Test Boat. Posted today at 4:09 am
America's Cup: Spying on the Spies in Barcelona
Unique to the 37th America's Cup, is an ambitious joint reconnaissance programme Unique to the 37th America's Cup, and set against this intense backdrop, is an ambitious joint reconnaissance programme, the brainchild of Emirates Team New Zealand's Chief Designer, Dan Bernasconi, and championed by Event CEO Grant Dalton. Posted on 16 Aug
America's Cup: Ready, Steady, Build!
America's Cup teams take over after base allocations determined - construction commences The final base allocations have been confirmed as Barcelona begins preparations for the 37th America's Cup and soon, the builders will move in as each team constructs their own base with a concentration on form, function and fan engagement. Posted on 16 Aug
Cup Critiqued: Swiss delayed..Challenger List
Alinghi Red Bull Racing's first sailing in their AC75 , has been delayed. Challengers confirmed Alinghi Red Bull Racing's first sailing in their AC75 BoatZero, has been delayed by unfavourable weather in Barcelona. The List of Challengers and order of entry is announced. Luna Rossa re-sign with performance technology partner for 2024 America's Cup. Posted on 12 Aug
Cup Critiqued: Coach Barker joins Alinghi
Rumours that Dean Barker had signed with Alinghi Red Bull Racing, were confirmed at the ARBR launch The rumours were confirmed at the launch of Alinghi Red Bull Racing's newly acquired AC75, that Dean Barker a veteran of seven America's Cups, has shifted to the ARBR coach boat. Posted on 9 Aug
America's Cup: First team ready to foil at venue
The first boat has already splashed in the just four months after the Barcelona venue was announced The first boat has already splashed in the coming America's Cup cycle - just four months after the venue was announced for Barcelona. Twice Cup champion Alinghi Red Bull Racing, was rolled out of the shed and christened in Barcelona. Posted on 8 Aug
America's Cup: Alinghi confirms Barcelona roll-out
Alinghi Red Bull Racing confirms almost ready to go in Barcelona - more action later this week? Via social media the Swiss America's Cup Challenger Alinghi Red Bull Racing have advised they are almost ready to launch their AC75, formerly Emirates Team NZ's Te Aihe, in Barcelona. Posted on 8 Aug
America's Cup: Multiple changes made to Protocol
Significant changes made to the Rules governing the 2024 America's Cup and Surrogate Boats Some of the changes relate to the announcement of Barcelona as the Host Venue, others close loopholes that could have been exploited, and there is a substantial section on Hydrogen-Powered Support vessels. Posted on 5 Aug
America's Cup bases now being allocated to teams
Defender has first choice on site in Barcelona Dalton: "All of the bases are located in the Barcelona Port Vell area along with the dedicated America's Cup race village, hospitality and fan zone areas which will create an amazing atmosphere in the lead up to and during the event in 2024." Posted on 2 Aug
America's Cup: First AC40 in fit-out - Video
The first AC40 multi-use yacht for America's Cup 2024 is being fitted out at the McConaghy Boats The first AC40 multi-use yacht for America's Cup 2024 is being fitted out at McConaghy Boats. The video and still images show the deck/cockpit layout for the first time. Posted on 23 Jul
Sea Sure 2020 - FOOTERHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 6 jpg BottomLloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px3 BOTTOM