In almost April Fool’s day style fashion comes the news of the imminent chaos of the 35th edition of America’s Cup: the challenger commission has voted on the cost-cutting proposal of last week.
The official line of ACEA is that the votes have been cast and the result shows that the majority of the teams are in favour of the proposal, while Luna Rossa Team and Emirates Team New Zealand are against.
The proposal involves changing the boat class with which the teams will compete during the America’s Cup from the giant AC62 catamaran to a new type of catamaran with foil and wings between 45 and 50 foot long, only a little bigger than the AC45 catamarans that the teams will compete on during the opening race in Cagliari. The motivation of the decision is reduction of the costs which has been long been on the cards. Thanks to these radical changes, ACEA expects new teams to take part in the competition, possibly from Japan and other parts of Europe.
On top of this, the communicate also talks about bringing every regatta to Bermuda, thereby deleting the Auckland leg. Emirates Team New Zealand is obviously against this last point, which would also mean the loss of governmental funding for the team and so the team has petitioned the Arbitration Panel of the America’s Cup.
The Luna Rossa Team, who released a press release threatening their withdrawal from the competition if the boat class changes, has not yet commented on this latest change.
Now we just have to wait to find out more information about this competition that almost seems to have already begun even before the catamarans have had the opportunity to challenge in the water.