Hypocrisy? Maybe it’s Team New Zealand’s thing

Published on May 4th, 2023

We are longtime fans of Dana Johannsen with New Zealand’s STUFF media group, and she offers up some pointed commentary on the America’s Cup defender:

For an event renowned for off-water scandal and intrigue, the current America’s Cup cycle has been decidedly lacking drama.

Over the past two decades stories of feuding billionaire owners, lengthy court challenges, defections, spying allegations, cheating scandals and fraud probes have kept the niche sailing event firmly in the headlines.

This time around, we’re only months away from the commencement of the on-water sparring with the first of the America’s Cup pre-regattas, and barely a motion for arbitration has been filed in anger.

But while lacking in the maniacal feuding of previous editions, what this cycle has been useful for is teasing out the moral boundaries of Team NZ.

The past week has been particularly instructive.Full report

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)

Noticeboard: https://ac37noticeboard.acofficials.org/
Additional details: www.americascup.com/en/home

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