The Women's and Youth America's Cup at the AC37 will use the AC40 model

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Women's and Youth America's Cup issues first invitations

3 February 2023• Written by Gabrielle Lazaridis

The Women's and Youth America's Cup regattas have issued formal invitations for three of the six remaining open positions in each event, taking place during the 37th America's Cup in Barcelona next year. 

Event organisers have approved enquiries to compete in both divisions from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club of Canada, represented by AC40 Team Canada; a joint entry from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club and the Royal Maas Yacht Club of the Netherlands with their team DutchSail; and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona of Spain with Sail Team BCN.

Further invitations will be granted following an analysis of the remaining expressions of interest.

America's Cup Event CEO Grant Dalton said he was "delighted" with the response to the Notice of Race published on 1 November 2022, noting especially the developing interest from a diverse range of emerging nations. "Now it’s a case of securing the slot and encouraging the new breed of foiling talent to put it on the line in Barcelona and show the world what they’ve got," he said. 

Both the Women's and Youth America's Cup have selected the AC40 hydrofoiling catamaran as the official racing boat, due to its innovative technological sailing capabilities.

Shoreside, the teams will be based at Port Olimpic with equal access to the beachfront and public.

“To win the Women’s or Youth America’s Cup, teams are going to have to display incredible team-work, race-craft and foiling ability," Dalton added. "It’s a fantastic platform for the next generation and I urge the teams that have now received invitations to make the most of what promises to be a spectacle like no other for their Women’s & Youth programmes.”

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