All teams for the 2021 America’s Cup will be using a one-design Foil Cant System (FCS) developed by the Defender and Challenger of Record. It has proven to be a complicated project, and while delays in its completion will have a trickle down affect on when teams can launch their first AC75, the FCS testing is now done and the units are on the way to teams, bringing everyone one step closer to putting their AC75 in the water.
In addition to Challenges from Italy, USA, and Great Britain that were accepted during the initial entry period (January 1 to June 30, 2018), eight additional Notices of Challenge were received by the late entry deadline on November 30, 2018. Of those eight submittals, entries from Malta, USA, and The Netherlands have also been accepted. Here’s the current list:
Defender: • Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
Challengers: • Luna Rossa (ITA) – Challenger of Record • American Magic (USA) • INEOS Team UK (GBR) • Malta Altus Challenge (MLT) • Stars & Stripes Team USA (USA) • DUTCHSAIL (NED)
Key America’s Cup dates: September 28, 2017: 36th America’s Cup Protocol released November 30, 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders January 1, 2018: Entries for Challengers open March 31, 2018: AC75 Class Rule published June 30, 2018: Entries for Challengers close August 31, 2018: Location of the America’s Cup Match and The PRADA Cup confirmed August 31, 2018: Specific race course area confirmed November 30, 2018: Late entries deadline
March 31, 2019: Boat 1 can be launched 2nd half of 2019: 2 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events February 1, 2020: Boat 2 can be launched During 2020: 3 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events December 10-20, 2020: America’s Cup Christmas Race January and February 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series March 2021: The America’s Cup Match