Canadian update for Youth, Women’s AC

Published on February 16th, 2023

Alongside the 37th America’s Cup in 2024 will be the Women’s America’s Cup and Youth America’s Cup, with up to 12 teams competing for each event in Barcelona, Spain. Among the national teams will be Canadian entries in both events.

The all-female team will be led and skippered by Isabella Bertold while the youth crew will be captained by Andrew Wood and will consist of female and males sailors under 25. Team Canada’s CEO will be Jim Turner, an Olympian, 15 times world champion, and three-time America’s Cup racer.

The Team Canada training center will be at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Jericho facility and in Auckland New Zealand. Canada’s best female sailors and youths will be recruited to compete in the first ever Women’s and Youth’s America’s Cup

“This is an opportunity to gain worldwide recognition for the advancement of women and youth, for bringing prominence to Canada’s world-beating sailors, and to create a foundation for future generations of high-performance competitors,” said Turner.

The race will see twelve identical 40-foot carbon composite mono hull foiling sailboats – one for each country – compete with four sailors reaching speeds up to 75 kilometers per hour.

Next summer 2024, the AC40 racing boat will be available for public viewing in Vancouver at a beach side experience center which will feature a simulator for team training.

“We will thrust Canadian women and youths to the forefront of competitive racing on the world’s grand stage at the 37th America’s Cup while building a legacy platform for the next generation of world-class high-performance sailors and America’s Cup competitors for our country,” said Turner.”

In 2024, the Youth America’s Cup starts on September 19 and the Women’s America’s Cup on October 3.

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 March 30, 2022. The 37th America’s Cup will be held in September/October 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)
K-Challenge Racing (FRA)

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