USA applicants wanted for Youth, Women’s AC

Published on May 11th, 2023

Among the 12 teams participating in the Youth & Women’s America’s Cup, each of the six entrants for the 37th America’s Cup will be fielding squads to compete in these events to be held in Barcelona, Spain.

Challenger New York Yacht Club American Magic has assembled a talented core roster of sailors for these inaugural events but are looking to supplement their roster by hosting an Open Evaluation Event using Persico 69F foiling monohulls in Newport, RI.

“We are looking for sailors with demonstrated high-performance sailing skills, especially those with foiling experience,” explained co-director Suzy Leech. “However, any youth or female sailor who believes they have the skills to sail at the highest level should consider applying.”

Applications for the Open Evaluation Event are due by May 19. Accepted sailors will be invited to attend the two-day Evaluation Event, June 17 to 18. Based on performance during the Evaluation, a select group of athletes will be asked to continue for a three-day training session, June 19 to 21, and subsequent three-day Persico 69F Regatta, June 22 to 24. Afterwards, team coaches may select any sailors they deem qualified to join the Women’s & Youth AC Team Development Phase.

“It only takes 4 people to sail an AC40, so at some point we will focus our energy on a relatively small group of sailors,” says Leech. “However, we hope that those athletes that are not selected for our final team will bring their passion for and experience with high-performance sailboats back to their home clubs and community sailing centers. The best way we can ensure American competitiveness in the future is by growing the base of the pyramid now.”

To complete the application, 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 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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Source: ACE

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