USA team declines Saudi Arabia event

Published on May 15th, 2023

The America’s Cup challenger American Magic (USA) is refusing to participate in the second Preliminary America’s Cup Regatta in Saudi Arabia citing security concerns. The regatta is scheduled to be held in Jeddah from November 30 to December 3.

However, the New York Yacht Club has decided not to participate believing they are at a heightened risk for terrorist attacks.

In an application to the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel, the club argues genuine safety concern is increased due to relationships, between Saudi Arabia and the surrounding countries such as Iran, Yemen and Sudan.

Three preliminary regattas are scheduled in advance of the Challenger Selection Series in which teams are required to participate but do not count toward selection. – 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)

Preliminary Regattas
September 14-17, 2023 (AC40) – Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
November 30-December 3 (AC40) – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
August 2024 (AC75) – Barcelona, Spain

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