Notice of Race for Youth and Women’s America’s Cup

Published on September 29th, 2022

In addition to the 37th America’s Cup is the 2024 Women’s America’s Cup and Youth America’s Cup, with up to 12 teams competing for each event in Barcelona, Spain.

The Youth America’s Cup starts on September 19 and the Women’s America’s Cup on October 3. Both series begin with a week of practice for the teams before the fleets are split, where possible, into two with the confirmed Amrica’s Cup Teams competing in one group and all the invited yacht clubs from around the world competing in another.

With evenly matched AC40 boats provided, a qualifying series of fleet race advance the top two teams for a winner-take-all final race.

The scheduling for the Youth America’s Cup has the finale on the same day as the America’s Cup Challenger Final on October 2 – and will be raced in-between the Final flights – whilst the Women’s America’s Cup final race will be held on October 16, the date scheduled for two America’s Cup Match races and again between flights.

Entries are being restricted to one per country and as already stated by Sir Ben Ainslie of the INEOS Britannia team, they will be fielding a mixed Youth team for the regatta to further promote gender diversity and equality, though there is not a mixed requirement for the youth event in which crew need to be 25 years of age and under.

Each of the confirmed Teams for the 37th America’s Cup are required to ‘arrange for a team to be entered’ but this opens the door for prospective teams to liaise with the confirmed Competitor as to the selection process for who represents that Competitor’s yacht club.

In addition to the five entered America’s Cup teams, invitations to compete will be available for up to seven teams representing yacht clubs from countries other than those represented by a Competitor in the 37th America’s Cup. However, only one entry per country in the Youth America’s Cup or Women’s America’s Cup is permitted.

The high-performance foiling monohull AC40 is sailed by four crew who sit in pods on each side of the hull. The crew does not move around the boat so it is expected that two of the crew will share the helm duties (alternating depending on the tack of the yacht) the boat and the other two crew will control the sails. All controls are powered controls.

Entry fees for invited teams to compete range from $61,000 to $80,000 USD. Prospective entries can be submitted from November 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 with the organizers intending to publish a full entry list by May 1, 2024.

For Notice of Race, click here.

Following the publication of the AC37 Protocol and AC75 Class Rule on November 17, 2021, the AC75 Class Rule and AC Technical Regulations were finalized on March 17, 2022. The entry period opened December 1, 2021 and runs until July 31, 2022, but late entries for the 37th America’s Cup may be accepted until May 31, 2023. The Defender was to announce the Match Venue on September 17, 2021 but postponed the venue reveal, confirming it would be Barcelona on by March 30, 2022. The 37th America’s Cup will be held in Summer/Fall 2024.

Teams revealed to challenge defender Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
• INEOS Britannia (GBR)
• Alinghi Red Bull Racing (SUI)
• Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA)
• NYYC American Magic (USA)

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