By Lynn Fitzpatrick
The America’s Cup could not be in better hands to manage advancement of its format and the restoration of the intent of original Deed of Gift than it is now. Both Royal New Zealand Yacht Club and its team Emirates Team New Zealand as the Defender and Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Luna Rosa as the Challenger of Record took the high road during the 35th America’s Cup and have been rewarded for making very courageous decisions and seeing them through.
On July 18th , the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, as the winner of the 35th America’s Cup, and Circolo della Vela Sicilia, as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, confirmed that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America’s Cup will be released in September 2017.
The proposed dates for the event will be further detailed in the Protocol, but the Defender and the Challenger of Record are considering the possibility of the 36th America’s Cup Match and the preceding Challenger Selection Series being conducted in Auckland in early 2021 during the New Zealand summer.
In recognition of the fundamental condition of the Deed of Gift that the Cup be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries, the Protocol will contain a “constructed in country” requirement for competing yachts and a nationality requirement for competing crew members. These clauses will promote nationalism and economic impact in those countries where challenger teams activate.
This announcement brings more certainty to the format for all foreign challenger aspirants, their investors, backers, sponsors, partners and fans. Integrity Team USA is eager to promote its vision, team, and brand while creating a sustainable business model, generating economic development, and empowering our youth through our S.T.E.M. education and sustainability programs.