Please select your home edition
Edition
Highfield Boats - Sailing - LEADERBOARD

America's Cup: World Series event confirmed for late April

by America's Cup Media 13 Jul 2019 01:22 PDT 13 July 2019
The America's Cup and the Prada Cup in front of the New York Yacht Club's Newport Club House © Carlo Borlenghi

The first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America’s Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26, 2020.

The announcement was made at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record for the 36th America’s Cup and presented by Prada at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island.

The four-day regatta in Sardinia next April will see the sun-drenched Italian Mediterranean island play host to the first ever competitive outing of the revolutionary AC75 Class foiling monohulls currently being developed by the competing teams – America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA), INEOS Team UK (GBR), American Magic (USA), and Stars + Stripes Team USA.

Representing the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team – which has its official team base in Cagliari – renowned Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto (ITA) said the venue would be perfect for the five teams to race their cutting-edge AC75s for the first time.

“Sardinia has a well-established reputation as a premiere yacht racing venue,” Vascotto said. “That’s one of the reasons we chose the island as the base for our challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. We are looking forward to welcoming the other teams and the America’s Cup World Series fans for what should be a spectacular opening event.”

Representing the Defender of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge (NZL) highlighted the importance of the ACWS event in Sardinia for all the teams.

“Like all regattas there will be teams that come away satisfied and those that don’t,” Shoebridge said. “The significant thing about this regatta is that it will give a very clear idea of where each of the teams are in their designs and preparations for the main events in 2021.

“However with only eight months between Sardinia and the start of the Prada Cup and 10 months until the America’s Cup Match, it gives very little time to make necessary changes for teams to make sure they are up to speed”.

Continuing on the design-theme, the Newport evening featured a panel discussion between nine-time America’s Cup competitor – and three-time winner – John Marshall (USA) and MIT graduate and American Magic design-team member Robyn Lesh (USA) in Newport, with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team senior design-group members Horacio Carabelli (ESP) and Mario Caponnetto (ITA) beamed in as a ‘telepresence’ from the team’s base in Sardinia.

During the event, North Sails, a world leader in sail-making and high-performance sportswear, was announced as the Official Clothing Partner to the 36th America’s Cup. North Sails has been involved in the America’s Cup for almost four decades, with the brand’s sail technology having powered 12 boats to victory since 1980. As the sportswear division looks to grow internationally, North Sails will create an innovative America’s Cup range to celebrate the competition.

Vicente Castellano, North Sails Apparel Executive Chairman, said: “It is a very exciting time for as we continue to invest in the brand globally and the America’s Cup embodies values that resonate very closely with us. We look forward to launching an America’s Cup collection crafted entirely from recycled materials, inspired by this high-performance sport and our passion to protect the oceans for future generations. Many thanks to everyone at the America’s Cup and Prada for all their support.”

Also revealed was the new Prada Cup ocean sustainability initiative Ocean Attitude, which features a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of its Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development programme which will be launched in 2021.

Speaking by video link, Julian Barbière of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission had this to say:

“Promoting ocean sustainability is not a choice: the very survival of this planet depends on the health of the ocean. Ocean science is key to inform decision-making and to promote sustainable innovation.

“The sailing world, thanks to the wide audience that it can reach, can offer a powerful platform to advocate, educate, promote innovative solutions, and engage with the private sector.

“This is the aim of the partnership between the Challenger of Record and the IOC of UNESCO: connecting the world of ocean science to the world of ocean education and ocean literacy to foster ocean action.”

Commenting on the Newport evening event Patrizio Bertelli – Chairman of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and CEO of the Prada Group – had this to say:

“It has been wonderful to see so many friends and past competitors of the America’s Cup here this evening. We have celebrated the incredible legacy of the event we are all so passionate about and got a glimpse of what the future holds for the 36th edition of the America’s Cup.

“It will be great to soon have the first generation of the AC75s out on the water sailing, as we look forward to April 2020 when the teams will race for the first time at the America’s Cup World Series in Cagliari, Sardinia.”

Related Articles

The Black Art of performance analysis
Ben Ainslie and Emily Nagel on the black art of performance analysis America's Cup skipper, Ben Ainslie with Emily Nagle on on the science of performance analysis, or is it really a Black Art? In this video they explain how performance data is used, based on their SailGP experience with the F50. Posted on 29 May
America's Cup: Defiant checks out of Pensacola
Defiant departed the American Magic's winter base at Pensacola on Wednesday Defiant, the groundbreaking AC75 racing yacht built for New York Yacht Club American Magic, departed the team's winter base at the Port of Pensacola late in the evening on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 Posted on 28 May
America's Cup economic benefits set to take a hit
International visitors for Cup unlikely without closed border exception for superyachts and fans Thoughts of shifting the dates of the 36th America's Cup have been dismissed by Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton. "There is no intention to move the dates", Dalton told Sail-World on Monday. Posted on 26 May
America's Cup: Te Aihe returns to a changed world
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC75 arrives home in the dark after globe trotting for four months It is not so much a triumphant homecoming from Europe for the Emirates Team New Zealand AC75 ‘Te Aihe'- rather a low key but very welcome return in the dark hours of Tuesday morning after a global tour lasting four months Posted on 26 May
Omega back on board as official time keeper for AC
The Swiss watch maker celebrates return to the America's Cup with a newly released time piece. The America's Cup is renowned as the oldest trophy in international sport and is the source of fierce international rivalries and spectacular sailing duels. As the 36th edition approaches, OMEGA is announcing its role as the event's Official Timekeeper. Posted on 25 May
America's Cup: Challenger entry plan outlined
NZ's Director-General of Health outlines a likely entry protocol for America' Cup teams NZ's Director-General of Health has outlined a likely protocol that could be used for athletes wishing to enter New Zealand - bridging the moat around Fortress New Zealand for America's Cup Challengers. Posted on 23 May
America's Cup: Challengers vent over Kiwi ban
America's Cup Challengers' frustration boils over with Kiwi Govt closed border stance The America's Cup Challenger's frustration with being unable to get answers on their entry process into New Zealand in July/August, boiled over today in the lead item in the mainstream sports news. Posted on 21 May
America's Cup: Omega appointed Official Timekeeper
Omega has been appointed Official Timekeeper for the 36th America's Cup regattas As the 36th edition of the “Auld Mug” approaches, the Swiss watchmaker Omega has been appointed Official Timekeeper for the 36th America's Cup regattas. Posted on 21 May
America's Cup: AC75's have similar spin-outs
Video shows Luna Rossa exhibited similar moves to ETNZ's Te Aihe in her Dec 19 capsize Video published on leading Italian sailing website Farevela shows that Luna Rossa exhibited many of the same moves as Emirates Team New Zealand's Te Aihe, in the kiwi AC75's capsize late last year. Posted on 20 May
America's Cup teams edgy over Visa silence from NZ
INEOS Team UK CEO, Grant Simmer says the NZ Government have been "quite silent" entry visas for NZ INEOS Team UK CEO, Grant Simmer says the New Zealand Government have been "quite silent" on whether they will facilitate the entry of America's Cup teams into New Zealand. Posted on 20 May
Cyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTERMelges IC37 2019 FooterMarine Resources 2019 - Footer