If Burling Gets a Vote

Published on July 31st, 2017

America’s Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling hopes Team New Zealand persist with foiling catamarans for the next America’s Cup.

Peter Burling

The new holders will unveil their protocols for the Cup in September where the venue, design type and nationality clause will be finalised.

There has been talk the Cup could return to monohulls, but Burling told Radio Sport that he’s confident Team New Zealand will come up with a class for America’s Cup 36 that will advance the event.

“I’m happy as long as it goes fast,” said Burling, who holds world titles in the high performance Moth and 49er classes. “It would be a bit of a shame to take a step backwards in terms of the speeds the boats can generate. I’m pretty sure we can come up with a rule that can keep pushing that forward.”

Burling is also a fan of a bigger nationality clause.

“This time we had a very small nationality clause but definitely for me it seems like something that has got to be as part of the America’s Cup. It is a friendly competition between nations and the Deed of Gift is a big part of it. I’m in favour of the nationality clause but I’m not too sure how harsh it’s going to be yet, as to what percentage it breaks out at, but it’s all part of the fun and games over the next little while.”

Source: NZ Herald

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