Surprise, surprise. There are more changes to the America’s Cup. We wonder if it’s even going to still be called the America’s Cup by the time racing rolls around.
The recent AC45 test period produced two major results – outstanding on-the-water racing for the teams and superior television images for spectators. With that in mind, the AC45 was confirmed for use in all America’s Cup World Series events leading into the 2013 racing season on June 1.
“The AC45s are ticking off all the boxes for a great event package,” said Iain Murray, America’s Cup Race Management CEO and Regatta Director, following the close of the Competitor Forum on June 1. “The sailors have found these cats to be fast and fun to race. They are challenging, they are exciting, and when the best sailors in the world get their hands on them, they produce close, tight racing.”
Using the AC45 in all AC World Series events instead of switching to the AC72 in season two was one of several changes voted on by America’s Cup competitors on Tuesday. This move also provides teams with another opportunity to manage competition costs.
“After we put the AC45 through its paces in New Zealand, we knew we had the right boat for the next era of America’s Cup sailing,” Murray said. “By making the AC45 the boat of the AC World Series, logistics and overhead can be dramatically reduced at the outset of the 34th America’s Cup cycle. This is a great benefit for all of our teams, providing them with more time in the commercial marketplace and less of a cash investment up front.”
For the complete story and the full list of new changes, go to www.americascup.com.