Entry Open to Revamped Youth America’s Cup Regatta
by Miranda Blazeby
Entry is open to the revamped Youth America’s Cup regatta, which will see a brand-new class of foiling monohulls race in 2020 and 2021.
Organised by The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) in collaboration with the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG) and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), the event will begin with a multi-leg seeding event in China in November 2020.
It will be followed by a match racing event in Auckland from February 18-23, 2021 and the finals will be held from March 8 – 12 just outside of Auckland’s Harbour Bridge.
The competition will be a “friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations”, organisers said, with multiple entries from various countries welcomed for the first time.
Crew must be aged between 18 and 25 years old and each team must include two female and two male sailors with a maximum weight totalling 311kgs.
The teams will race on AC9Fs - nine metre foiling monohulls designed by Yachting Developments in collaboration with the Emirates Team New Zealand design team, Southern Spars and North Sails. The fleet of one-design boats will be built primarily at Auckland’s YDL
Speaking about the event, Emirates Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton said: “The Youth America’s Cup is something we have been eager to see established since we won the America’s Cup and also introduced foiling monohulls to the America’s Cup with the AC75.
“It is hard to go past the evidence of our current team that is now made up of a number of crew members from the winning 2013 Youth AC team.”
RNZYS Commodore and Yachting Developments owner Ian Cook added: “We are incredibly happy with the design of the AC9F. We believe they will generate great competition and an even playing field for all the teams involved, whilst also leading from the front in terms of modern yacht design, and importantly, creating a great product for fans around the world to observe.”
Entry to the regatta has opened today, December 12, and will close on February 29.