AC 36 Foiling Monohulls

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by OzFred, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. OzFred
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    Everyone had pretty much written off Stars and Stripes, even the recently released Prada Cup schedule leaves it out. However, it seems there's a last ditch attempt to sail someone else's Boat 1, rumoured to be ETNZ's Te Aihe.

    Could struggling America's Cup syndicate Stars and Stripes earn a lifeline?
    The challenger's yet to launch its boat with thoughts the challenge exists largely in name only.
    But reports out of the US claim Stars and Stripes has gone to the independent arbitration panel to try to get permission to take over Team New Zealand's first boat Te Aihe for the Prada Cup.
    To do that they will need to force a rule change that says the boat's hull and other components must be built in a syndicate's country of origin.

    A major hurdle is that the Protocol requires that a team's hull is built in the country of the team (the "constructed in the country of origin" provision), so the only existing boat that S&S could use is American Magic's first boat, Defiant, which is now in Auckland. To use Te Aihe S&S needs a change to the Protocol, and that requires agreement from both ENTZ and Luna Rossa Prada.

    The benefit for the team selling or leasing out the boat is that they get some cash for an otherwise useless asset. However, there is zero benefit for anyone else other than S&S. A fourth challenger doubles the number of races required to complete the Prada Cup round robin stage 1 from 12 to 24, so that 2 races must be sailed every day and three on some days of the proposed schedule. That seems like a logistical nightmare for the sake of a fourth challenger with little (no?) chance of being competitive.

    So I rate the chance of success of the rumoured S&S's plan as zero, but this is the America's Cup so really anything could happen…
     
  2. OzFred
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    The Stars and Stripes challenge is now virtually over. The arbitration panel rejected their request to waive the "constructed in country" requirement of the protocol for the Challenger Selection Series (aka Parada Cup).

    ACAP36 10.pdf https://docs.google.com/a/acofficials.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YWNvZmZpY2lhbHMub3JnfGFjMzYtb2ZmaWNpYWwtbm90aWNlYm9hcmR8Z3g6Mzg5N2FjYjRkOTBiNjc0Yg

    S&S could still be a challenger if it can get a boat to Auckland before the start of the Prada Cup (15 Jan 2021) and have it measured, which must be completed by 13 January. The odds of them making the starting line are now vanishingly small and getting smaller every day.
     

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    Video of Defiant training on 3 Aug:
     
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