33rd America’s Cup Race Dates Set
Moving forward as if there was no lawsuit pending, America’s Cup Management announced yesterday that the 33rd America’s Cup will start July 18, 2009 in Valencia, Spain.
They also revealed some new regulations — such as limiting competitors’ costs by banning two-boat testing, introducing ‘no sail’ periods and restricting the number of sails competitors can have — as well as more details on on the new AC90 class: The boats will be 90 feet long with a 21-ft draft and 17-ft beam.
The format of the event will be divided into four phases: Acts (which begin next June), Trials, Challenger Selection Series (which Alinghi will not compete in) and the America’s Cup Match. Though the results of the Acts won’t carry over to the Trials, bonus points in the form of additional sails will be awarded to boats who compete. For more details, go to http://33rd.americascup.com/en/.
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