The 30th of June 2018 marks the end of the initial challenging period for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, which commenced on the 1st of January 2018.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron confirms three Challenges have been received and accepted within the terms of the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup. The entries are in accordance with the America’s Cup Deed of Gift to challenge the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and its representative team, Emirates Team New Zealand.
The confirmed entries in order of receipt are as follows:
Circolo della vela Sicilia (Italy), represented by Luna Rossa Challenge, the Challenger of Record
New York Yacht Club (USA), represented by American Magic
Royal Yacht Squadron Racing (UK), represented by INEOS TEAM UK
Interest continues from other potential challengers around the world who have until 30 November 2018 to enter, as per the Late Entry period defined in the Protocol.
“We are thrilled to have three very high quality challengers confirmed for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland. It is going to be a fantastic spectacle with this calibre of teams and the cutting edge yachts that the world has never seen,” said Steve Mair, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
“We welcome any further challengers from the teams that we are currently in talks with.”
Laurent Esquier, CEO of COR 36, the organisers of the America’s Cup World Series, Christmas Race and Challenger Selection Series commented: “It is a great honour to welcome the best teams in the world to challenge for the Prada Cup. To win the America’s Cup, one will first need to win the Prada Cup.”