Protocol Released for 2021 America’s Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa presented the Protocol for the 36th America's Cup on 29 September 2017. 

  • Next America's Cup Match in March 2021 in Auckland
  • 75 foot monohull with 10-12 crew; teams may build two
  • Strictest crew nationality requirements in America's Cup history
  • Prada is title and presenting sponsor
  • Luna Rossa will run all racing except the America's Cup Match

Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of Prada and head of Luna Rossa.      Image: Getty Photos

More details about the yachts will be available on 30 November 2019, and the AC75 Class Rule will be released on 31 March 2018. ETNZ CEO Grant Dalton claimed that the yachts will be "spectacular." Design head Dan Bernasconi said the "might" be designed for foiling.

Luna Rossa will announce by 31 March 2019 if there will be one or two America's Cup World Series races in 2019. By 30 November 2019 they will announce the locations of the three ACWS events in 2020. In addition to the ACWS, there will be a "Christmas Race" in December 2020. This is the last time the defender will race with the challengers. Italy is the backup venue for the Match if it cannot be held in Auckland.

Changes to the Protocol require approval by ETNZ and Luna Rossa. Patrizio Bertelli clearly will not make the mistake he made in 2014 when he gave up the Challenger of Record's veto right in favor or a Challengers Committee. Bertelli furiously pulled out of the 35th America's Cup when a majority of the challengers voted to replace the AC62 catamarans with the AC Class. ETNZ was the only challenger to vote with Luna Rossa to keep the AC62. The two teams had also worked together closely in the 34th America's Cup. In this Cup cycle, Luna Rossa will remain the Challenger of Record and retain their power, even if they are eliminated during the Challenger Selection Series.

Download the Protocol here.

36th America's Cup Protocol

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