Please select your home edition
North Sails 2021 Innovation - LEADERBOARD

America's Cup: New York Yacht Club catches team with surprise 'pause' move

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World NZ 18 Oct 2021 21:42 PDT 19 October 2021
The America's Cup Trophy in front of the New York Yacht Club's Newport Club House © Carlo Borlenghi

Just under four months after announcing that they had chosen another team for AC37 in place of American Magic, their team from the 36th America's Cup, the New York Yacht Club Commodore has "paused" NYYC's Cup involvement.

Earlier today, it emerged that Stars+Stripes had also been given the push by the Club. Statements have subsequently been issued by the Club, Stars+Stripes and defender Emirates Team New Zealand.

The decision by New York Yacht Club was leaked on SailingIllustrated's Facebook page:

"NYYC is pulling out of AC37. Has just been announced internally. The full story on tomorrow's (Tuesday) TFE LIVE, and the backstory. Given the sorry mess RNZYS and ETNZ (and Origin Sports) already have made of the next Cup, one can hardly fault NYYC. Indeed, it is the right move, for any number of reasons."

On July 24 July the New York Yacht Club announced that they had decided to have a relationship, with one of the late entries for the 2021 America's Cup, Stars+Stripes, and for that team to be its representative for the next America's Cup. It had been expected that they would continue, and build a second challenge with American Magic. As with all returning teams, changes would be made, but American magic offered a very solid asset and development base.

"To bring together the best American sailing talent, the Stars+Stripes team founded by members Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield, the reigning Match Racing World Champions, will join the New York Yacht Club’s campaign for the 37th America’s Cup. The legacy of Stars+Stripes’ campaign for the 36th America’s Cup includes numerous key components and relationships that will contribute to a successful Cup campaign," the Club said in a statement announcing the change-out on July 24.

The decision move came as a complete surprise to Stars+Stripes management, who were due to have meetings later this week with the club, covering sponsorship and finance progress.

Also out of the loop with today's revelation, were their former team American Magic. Sail-World spoke off the record to both teams earlier today.

More curiously the Club, which held the trophy for 132 years, issued a Challenge and Protocol of its own in early May 2021. The Challenge as unexpected, and was made ahead of the entries opening for the 37th America's Cup. The Challenge was not welcomed by defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, and was the move was later embroiled with some controversy after flawed moves were made to unseat the Royal Yacht Squadron Ltd as the first accepted challenger.

At that stage, May 2021, it was widely expected that NYYC would continue with American Magic, which despite their spectacular capsize on Day 3 of the Prada Cup had been performing well, and was the only Challenger team to defeat Cup defenders, Emirates Team New Zealand in December 2020's America's Cup World Series regatta.

The reasons for NYYC dumping one of the three "super teams" from the 36th America's Cup were never revealed, and the decision to run with Stars+Stripes surprised many and have now been explained.

Led by Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield, Stars+Stripes represented a fresh face in the America's Cup, and may have been able to qualify for some exemptions, as an "emerging team" for the 37th America's Cup. The team had also recently announced the signing of sponsor Ralph Lauren.

The New York Yacht Club has long hankered for the America's Cup to return to more conventional monohulls, and was also believed to have reservations about the possibility of Saudi Arabia being the venue for the 37th America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand were due to make an announcement on the preferred venue on September 17, but deferred on that date after the preferred option Cork, Ireland requested another six months to consider a feasibility study on the Cup hosting. Currently five venues are believed to be under consideration, being two in Spain, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, and with New Zealand as a remote possibility along with and undeclared venues. Over the last few weeks as the world emerges from COVID-19 lockdown measures there is a possibility that other options may emerge.

Further statements have been made by Stars+Stripes, New York Yacht Club and Emirates Team New Zealand mid-morning on October 20 NZT, which are reported elsewhere in Sail-World.

Related Articles

America's Cup: Spying on the Spies in Barcelona
I was welcomed to the ARBR base by Rodney "Battler" Ardern, a living legend of the America's Cup The team were all busy filing into the high-security complex of the Barcelona Nautic Center, Alinghi Red Bull Racing's temporary base in Barcelona I was welcomed in by Rodney "Battler" Ardern, a living legend of the America's Cup 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
America's Cup: No more Spy versus Spy
The America's Cup reconnaissance rules are changing for America's Cup 2024. The America's Cup reconnaissance rules are changing for America's Cup 2024, to be sailed in Barcelona, Spain in September/October 2024. America's Cup Media's Magnus Wheatley tries to explain: Posted on 19 Jul
North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERSea Sure 2020 - SHOCK-WBV - FOOTER