Preparing for the 33rd America’s Cup
Now that the 32nd America’s Cup has finished everyone is thinking about the next edition. So the officials of the America’s Cup decided to reveal some of the protocol for the next edition. Among the highlights was the introduction of a new class of boat, to be 90 feet in length overall, sailed by a crew of around 20 sailors. The final design rule for the new class will be issued on or before 31 December 2007. Also before 31 December 2007 will be announced the next host of the competition, the best candidate is Valencia – an agreement with the city is being pursued. If no agreement is reached with Valencia Michel Bonnefous, the CEO of the event organizers, affirmed: “we start the process - for two or three months - to select another venue. We have a few cities already who have told us of their interest in hosting the America’s Cup.”
The schedule of the 33rd America’s Cup is uncertain and will be confirmed on or before 31 December 2007. The competition will take place no earlier than 2009 and no later than 2011. It will consist of pre-regattas (potentially to be used as qualifying for the main event), along with the ‘main event’, comprising Trials, Challenger Selection, and the America’s Cup Match.
The reason for changing the type of boats that will be used in the next America’s Cup is that everybody wants bigger, more exciting, difficult to sail, and faster boat. Brad Butterworth, the skipper of the winning Alinghi team said “We’re trying to develop something more exciting. These boats have been fantastic but I think they have got to the end of their life and people are looking for something bigger and faster, harder to sail. The guys will have to be athletic; they will be tough boats to sail.”
I hope they will approve to change if the boats – don’t get me wrong, I love the way they look today, but a bigger and especially faster boat I think it would do things more interesting.