The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand welcome the announcement that the New York Yacht Club will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.
To have the most famous yacht club in America’s Cup history back after a 14 year hiatus is a significant boost to the event and the principles of tradition and fair play which the Protocol for the 36th America’s Cup is built on.
Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand was quick to welcome the news of the challenge having had long associations with two of the key yachtsmen leading the Challenge - Doug DeVos and the CEO Terry Hutchinson- formerly Emirates Team New Zealand tactician in Valencia in 2007.
“As exciting as it is to have a challenge from the New York Yacht Club, I am equally enthused having Hap Fauth, Doug and Terry in the America’s Cup. They are all highly respected and successful individuals and have no shortage of achievements in the top level of competitive monohull sailing in the Maxi72 class and the TP52 classes with series wins and World Championships to their names.”
“There is no question that they will be a formidable Challenger.”
Offical entires for the 36th America’s Cup do not open until 1st January 2018 but with initial intentions from Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France as well as additional interest from both past and prospective teams to also challenge it is an exciting time for Emirates Team New Zealand and the defending yacht club The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
“We are delighted to have received confirmation from Commodore Phil Lotz at the New York Yacht Club that they will be challenging for the Cup in 2021,” said Steve Mair, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. “It will be fantastic to have the New York Yacht Club and their challenging team Bella Mente Quantum Racing here in Auckland. Having had confirmation now from both of the original yacht clubs that challenged for, and defended the first race in 1851, shows that AC36 will again be something very special indeed.”