America’s Cup Guide

Updated - Saturday 8 February 2020

36th America's Cup - 2021 in Auckland

Defender:     Emirates Team New Zealand from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.


  • Luna Rossa (ITA) from Circolo della Vela Sicilia - Challenger of Record.

  • American Magic from New York Yacht Club.

  • INEOS Team UK (formerly Land Rover BAR) from Royal Yacht Squadron Racing.

  • Altus Challenge (MLT) from Royal Malta Yacht Club. Late entry.  Dropped out.
  • Stars & Stripes Team USA from Long Beach Yacht Club. Late entry. Will need unlikely Protocol change to avoid disqualification for not racing in Cagliari in April 2021.
  • DutchSail (NED) from Royal Rowing and Sailing Society 'De Maas'. Late entry. Dropped out.
  • The deadline for late challenges was 30 November 2018.
  • At the late entry deadline, RNZYS reported having received eight late challenges.  They accepted the three noted above. The others had conditions that appear to have prevented acceptance.
  • We don't know who were the other five clubs that submitted the Notice of Challenge.
    • Team France announced they would not challenge - not enough sponsorship funding.
    • Two additional Italian challengers made public announcements: Adelasia di Torres from Sardinia and Columbus 2021 from Imperia.
    • Rumors consistently mentioned China, but there were never any details.
    • A challenger from Norway was also rumored, but again, with no details.

Yachts:    AC75 foiling monohulls with crew of 11.

Nationality:     at least three passport holders. Others must be permanent residents.

America's Cup World Series: two events "possilble" (but unlikely) in Fall 2019, three events in 2020.

Christmas Regatta:     10-20 December 2020 in Auckland.

Challenger Selection Series: (PRADA Cup) in February 2021 in Auckland.

America's Cup Match:  6-21 March 2021 in Auckland.

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