Aggiornamento– Non si fa attendere la risposta piccata del defender al NYYC. Con una nota stampa diffusa due sole ore dopo il comunicato americano, il detentore dell’America’s Cup, pur riconoscvendo che vi sono alcuni punti validi nella bozza americana, non ha accettato la sfida del NYYC, definendo “presuntuoso” il suo tentativo di scrivere un Protocollo senza avere una sfida accettata e conoscendo che esiste già un challenger of record (INEOS Team UK) accettato dal Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
L’originale del RNZYS: “RNZYS and Emirates Team New Zealand (as the current Defender of the America’s Cup) welcome the New York Yacht Club’s interest in the next America’s Cup, but questions their motives for such a presumptuous statement when entries do not open for some time. “There have been some valid points raised by NYYC, a number of which are already being considered in developing a progressive and forward thinking Protocol between the Defender and Ineos Team UK and the RYS as (Challenger of Record for the 37th America’s Cup) who are the two parties responsible for developing the next Protocol”.
Anche INEOS TEAM UK e il Royal Yacht Sqadron di Cowes hanno respinto la bozza di Protocollo americana. Secondo alcune fonti, la mossa del NYYC potrebbe essere a breve assecondata da Alinghi, con Ernesto Bertarelli sempre più vicino a un ritorno nella Coppa, e dalla stessa Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.
Ricordiamo che sono in corso trattative tra il defender e il Governo neozelandese, che si attende una risposta sull’organizzazione della 37th America’s Cup entro il 21 giugno 2021.
New York– Mossa a sorpresa del New York Yachr Club e di American Magic che hanno lanciato la sua sfida al RNZYS per la 37th America’s Cup con una proposta di Protocollo che sembra disconoscere il ruolo di Challenger of Record già assunto dal Royal Yacht Squadron e da INEOS Team UK.
Il commodoro del NYYC, a cui fa capo American Magic, Chrisopher Culver ha dichiarato di avere “serie preoccupazioni sul futuro dell’evento” e ha detto apertamente di aspettarsi una sfida multipla nel 2024.
Di fatto il NYYC, che ha ribadito il suo ruolo di trustee per 132 anni dell’America’s Cup, ha lanciato una proposta di Protocollo riassumibile in:
Ciclo di tre anni. Con pre eventi. Le prossime quattro edizioni sarebbero organizzate nei paesi partecipanti alla 36th AC: 2024 in Nuova Zelanda, 2027 in Italia, 2030 in UK e 2033 in USA.
Regola della nazionalità.
Una sola barca per ciclo per team, conferma degli AC75.
Creazione di un Board of Governors indipendente che assicuri continuità all’evento per almeno le prossime quattro edizioni e che possa aumentare le possibilità d’ingresso di nuovi team sfidanti.
Questo il comunicato del NYYC:
“The America’s Cup is at a pivotal point in its 170-year history,” says Christopher J. Culver, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. “The competition for the 36th edition was thrilling, and Emirates Team New Zealand, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, was a worthy winner. However, the New York Yacht Club, as the original trustee of the event and a participant in the most recent edition, has serious concerns about the future of this great competition. The cost of a competitive campaign, the lack of continuity in the class and the inability to plan beyond the current cycle have combined to create a prohibitive barrier to entry, which has manifested in the dwindling number of challengers and public interest. While we await further details on the location, timing and conditions for the 37th America’s Cup, we want to emphatically signal our enthusiasm for a multi-challenger event in 2024.
“Our proposed Protocol for the 37th America’s Cup is the product of months of work and countless conversations with America’s Cup stakeholders, including current and former challengers and defenders,” continues Culver. “It includes the tools necessary to improve the long-term commercial viability and global reach of the competition, while remaining true to the Deed of Gift and to the spirit of one of international sport’s oldest competitions. Other established teams that have similar views on the future of the competition.”
The draft Protocol (click here to view the full Protocol) put forward by the New York Yacht Club features several key concepts:
- A multi-event schedule—time and location—for the next four America’s Cup regattas, which will enable teams, corporate partners and media to plan in advance, think beyond single campaigns and maximize revenue opportunities
- Enhanced and independent event management via the creation of an America’s Cup Board of Governors, which will provide continuity and impartial oversight
- Consistency in design, starting with the confirmation of the AC75 as the class for the 37th America’s Cup
- Stronger crew nationality rules to draw more interest and to promote friendly competition between foreign countries
- Cost-control measures; a predictable, and shorter, three-year cycle; consistency in platform; an increase in one-design components; and a limit of one new boat per Cup cycle, all of which will make the America’s Cup more accessible and more sustainable
“By issuing this challenge, along with a Protocol, we are presenting a path forward for the event, one that will provide it with the tools to thrive in the modern international sports marketplace,” says Culver.
The New York Yacht Club won the America’s Cup in 1851, created the recurring event in 1870, and successfully defended the Cup 26 times. In 1983, the Cup was won by the Royal Perth Yacht Club. The New York Yacht Club remained active as a challenger in 1987, 2000 and 2003 before stepping away from the competition. With the creation of the American Magic syndicate, the Club returned to the America’s Cup in 2021. The end result was not what the team or Club hoped for, but the inspired response of the membership to the campaign encouraged the Club’s flag officers to consider another challenge.
“Our challenge is inclusive,” says Culver. “I’ve have spoken with representatives of both the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Royal Yacht Squadron to assure them that New York Yacht Club is ready and willing to come to the table to help bridge gaps, foster a transparent discussion to adopt some or all of the key components of our draft Protocol and, ultimately, create the framework for a multi-challenger 37th America’s Cup and a sustainable future for the event.”