29 November 2023

Preliminary America's Cup Racing

The next Amercia's Cup match race will take place in October of 2024. The Louis Vitton Challengers Regatta will be in August before that. But a year in advance the preliminary racing is going to start on 29 November, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The festivities in Jeddah will last through 2 December.

These are some of the highest-tech sailboats in existence. I find them fascinating.

The teams are:

  • Emirates Team New Zealand (defending champions)
  • INEOS Britania
  • Alinghi Red Bull Racing (Swiss)
  • Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (Italian)
  • NY Yacht Club American Magic
  • Orient Express (French)

This the INEOS Britania video AC40 uncovered. The AC40 is the smaller version of foiling monohull that is used in the races. The actual one-design used in the race is the AC75. While there are design constraints, the teams rarely let the bigger boats be photographed, because the constraints do leave room for each team to do some things differently.

The The 100 Guineas Cup was a regatta held in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wright. The New York Yacht Club's schooner America won the race. That is how the trophy became known as America's Cup. When the NYYC got home, they instituted a series of races held every 3 or 4 years. The rules about boat design have changed a lot over the years, but in general a regatta, or a multi-boat race, is held to select a single challenger, who them meets the defending champion in a series of match races, one-on-one races between 2 boats.

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