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    PRADA CUP RACE CONDITIONS PUBLISHED

    The race conditions of the PRADA Cup, the Challengers Selection Series of the 36th America's Cup presented by PRADA, have now been published.

    Milan, 17 July 2020 - The race conditions of the PRADA Cup, the Challengers Selection Series to be held in January and February 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand, have been published; it is the winner of the PRADA Cup who will challenge the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand in the 36th America's Cup presented by PRADA Final Match, scheduled from March 6 to March 21 2021. To win the America's Cup, you first have to win the PRADA Cup.
    The PRADA Cup will consist of four Round Robins of three races each, a seven-race Semi-Final and a 13-race Final between the two leading teams. Each win scores one point. The Challenger with the highest score at the end of the Round Robins will automatically access the PRADA Cup Final; the remaining two teams will race again in the Semi-Final and the first to win four races will qualify for the Final. The first team to score seven points in the Final will win the PRADA Cup and will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in the Final Match of the 36th America's Cup presented by PRADA.






    Full Race Conditions:


    NOTICE OF RACE AND CONDITIONS
    36TH AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGER SELECTION SERIES


    Auckland, New Zealand
    This Notice of Race and Conditions for the Challenger Selection Series (“Prada Cup Conditions”) have been agreed and finalised under Article 18 of the Protocol Governing the 36th America’s Cup (“Protocol”) by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the Trustee and Defender of the America’s Cup (“RNZYS”) and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record (“COR”).

    These Prada Cup Conditions shall govern the Challenger Selection Series for the 36th America’s Cup Match (“Prada Cup”).

    The words defined in Article 59 of the Protocol and AC75 Class Rule 35 shall have the same meaning in these Prada Cup Conditions.

    The word Repechage of the COR Notice # 12 is changed in “Semi-Final”.

    A reference to time means New Zealand Daylight Saving Time.
    1. ORGANIZING AUTHORITY
    1.1 Under the Protocol, the Event Organizing Authority is the Challenger of Record 36 srl acting on behalf of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, including any affiliate or subsidiary entity which is authorized to undertake activity on its behalf.

    2. RULES
    2.1 The conduct of the Prada Cup will be governed by the documents listed in Article 16.1 of the Protocol having the precedence stipulated Article 16.2, including the World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing America’s Cup Edition referred to in Article 16.1 e) of the Protocol (“RRSAC”).
    2.2 The Sailing Instructions for the Prada Cup will be issued in accordance with the requirements of Article 17.2 of the Protocol.

    3. ELIGIBILITY
    3.1 The Protocol and AC75 Class Rule define the eligibility of Competitors, Yachts and Crew.
    3.2 Article 10 of the Protocol establishes the requirement of Nationality for all Crew racing in the Prada Cup and the Match. Competitors shall declare the nationality of each Crew member (the “Nationality Declaration”) under the procedure published in the COR/D Notice to Competitors No 30 dated 11th June 2020. (See Attachment 2).

    4. RACE AREA
    4.1 The Racing Area, Course Areas for the Match as detailed in COR/D Notice to Competitors No 7 dated the 30th of August 2018 will apply to the Prada Cup as also confirmed in the COR/D Notice to Competitors No 27 dated 6th February 2020 which include the Auckland Course Location Guidelines.

    5. FORMAT AND SCHEDULE
    5.1 The format and schedule for the Prada Cup are shown in Attachment 1 (the “Prada Cup Format and Schedule”). Without prejudice to Article 3.3 of the Protocol the Attachment 1 may from time to time be revised or modified by COR/D in consultation with the Regatta Director.

    6. MEASUREMENT AND INSPECTION
    6.1 Measurement will be undertaken by the Measurement Committee in accordance with the requirements of the Protocol and the AC 75 Class Rule.

    7. YACHT CONFIGURATION
    7.1 Competitors are required to declare confidentially to the Measurement Committee the yacht configuration to be sailed as follows:
    Declaration 1 Prada Cup Round Robin Stage
    Due by 15:00 on Wednesday 13 January for racing period from 15th to 19th .
    Declaration 2 Prada Cup Round Robin Stage
    Due by 15:00 on Wednesday 20 January for racing period from 22nd to 26th .
    Declaration 3 Prada Cup Semi-Final Stage
    Due by 15:00 on Wednesday 27 January for racing in the Semi Final Stage.
    Declaration 4 Prada Cup Final Stage
    Due by 16:00 on Monday 8 February for racing in the Final Stage.

    7.2 The declared yacht configuration must include the identity and version of the:
    (a) hull;
    (b) foils, including foil arm stocks, foil arm fairings, foil wings, and foil flaps;
    (c) rudder, including the rudder upper and rudder lower;
    (d) mast tube.

    7.3 For those components listed above whose modifications are controlled by an IGES file according to AC75 Class Rule 5, the declaration shall record:
    (e) an ID (or Hull sail number), being the unique identity of a specific component that remains with that component throughout its lifetime, regardless of any modifications to that component;
    (f) a Version number of each component, being a number that changes each time a component is modified with respect to its IGES file and installed on an AC75 Class Yacht with that yacht afloat. A new Version number is not required if a component is modified, but does not change shape with respect to its IGES file; and
    (g) an IGES file checksum, which is a code generated from an IGES file corresponding to a specific Version of a component, or assembly of components, and uniquely identifies that IGES file from any others. The Measurement Committee shall issue a procedure for generating an IGES file checksum from an IGES file.

    7.4 When declaring their yacht configuration, Competitors are required to supply IGES files of the following:
    (a) the hull, as described in Rules 3.10, 5.9 and 11.1, which shall also include the port and starboard foil cant reference points;
    (b) the port and starboard linear components that each combine a foil arm and a foil wing;
    (c) the port and starboard, inboard and outboard foil flaps;
    (d) the linear component that combines a rudder upper and a rudder lower; and
    (e) the mast tube as described in Rule 35.78.

    7.5 When declaring their yacht configuration, Competitors must also submit a scheduled order of replacement components to be substituted in the event of loss or damage to a component listed on the declaration. A Competitor’s schedule shall remain confidential between that Competitor and the Measurement Committee.

    7.6 After a yacht configuration has been declared as per 7.1 above, and prior to racing, Competitors must obtain a Measurement Certificate for the period that reflects all the details of the declaration. Once a Measurement Certificate has been issued to a Competitor it shall not be amended or replaced from the time the declaration is required until the end of racing on the last day of the racing period, unless a component listed on the certificate is damaged or lost.

    7.7 In the event of damage or loss to a component listed on the Measurement Certificate, a new Measurement Certificate shall only be issued subject to the following conditions:
    (a) The Measurement Committee must be completely satisfied that the damage or loss was unintentional, and that a repair in accordance with AC75 Class Rule 5.12,
    5.13 or 5.14 is not possible in time for the Competitor’s next race. The Measurement Committee may request sailing data, video, inspection of components, interviews with or affidavits from team members to confirm this.
    (b) If the Measurement Committee permits a component to be replaced, it shall only be replaced with the next component identified on the scheduled order of replacement components. The schedule may specify that damage to some sub- components of a foil or rudder may necessitate replacement of the complete foil or rudder, but damage to one foil shall not correspond to replacement of the other foil.
    (c) If a damaged component is replaced, and that component can be repaired, but not in time for the next race, the Competitor shall submit to the Measurement Committee an estimated repair schedule and must repair the component as quickly as possible. As soon as the component is repaired, it must be reinstalled, and the original Measurement Certificate shall be reinstated.
    (d) If the Measurement Committee permits a damaged component to be replaced and a new Measurement Certificate issued, the ‘Undamaged’ Competitor competing in the race shall also be entitled, if it chooses, to change the corresponding component to the next component identified on its scheduled order of replacement components, and a new Measurement Certificate shall be issued. In this event, when the ‘Damaged’ Competitor reinstates that repaired Component, the Undamaged Competitor can choose whether to reinstate its original component. This choice to reinstate a component shall only be available at that time, or within the time required to reinstate that component.
    (e) Clause (d) shall not apply if the Undamaged Competitor is ruled to have caused the damage to the Damaged Competitor’s component.

    7.8 When racing, the configuration of a Competitor’s yacht must match the configuration recorded in her Measurement Certificate, except as provided by AC75 Class Rule
    31.13 (a) (i).

    7.9 The configuration of a Competitor’s yacht, in respect to aspects not recorded on her Measurement Certificate, may be changed prior to any race providing the Measurement Committee is able to verify compliance of those changes with respect
    to the AC75 Class Rule prior to racing.

    7.10 The Measurement Committee shall issue procedures and time scales for verifying, prior to each race, that a yacht remains in compliance with her Measurement Certificate and the AC75 Class Rule. Those procedures and time scales shall vary according to the part of the yacht being changed and checked, but will include provisions such as:
    (a) Verification of a yacht assembly mass and longitudinal centre of mass, which is likely to be checked the morning of a race. In accordance with AC75 Class Rule
    31.13 (a) (i), the yacht assembly longitudinal centre of mass may vary by up to 25 mm from the value recorded on the yacht’s Measurement Certificate, providing it still lies within the constraints of the AC75 Class Rule.
    (b) A deadline prior to a race for the measurement of any sails, or any permitted modifications of sails, to be determined by the Measurement Committee in consultation with Competitors, with a permission that a Competitor may select which pre-measured sail configurations to use for a race at any time up to the warning signal of that race, providing that ballast to correct different sail weights is applied according to AC75 Class Rule 10.

    8. COURSE
    8.1 The Course Configuration for the Match is detailed in COR/D Notice to Competitors No 7 dated the 30th of August 2018 and will apply to the Prada Cup as also confirmed in the COR/D Notice to Competitors No 27 dated 6th February 2020. Further Course details will be provided in the Sailing Instructions for the Prada Cup.

    9. WIND LIMITS (as published in COR Notice # 12)
    9.1 Unless the Regatta Director considers conditions too rough, the warning signal for racing shall only be made when the approximate average TWS is within the range specified below for the whole period between 9 mins and 4 mins before the start. The TWS shall be measured as a rolling average of one hertz samples over 30 seconds at approximately 5.5 meters above the water on the race committee signal boat. This TWS shall be corrected to represent the TWS relative to the water, based on the forecasted tidal currents in the area where the race committee signal boat is located, using a procedure and tidal current forecast published by the Regatta Director on or before 1 December 2020.
    The applicable range shall be as follows:
    a) during the Prada Cup Round Robin Stage and Semi-Final Stage - between 6.5 and 21 knots;
    b) during the Prada Cup Final Stage - between 6.5 and 23 knots


    10. WARNING SIGNAL
    10.1 Unless otherwise agreed by COR in consultation with the Regatta Director, the scheduled time of the Warning Signal for the first race on each Race Day shall not be:
    (a) before 1500 hours during Prada Cup Round Robin Stage and Semi-Final Stage;
    (b) before 1600 hours during Prada Cup Final Stage.
    See attachment 1.
    10.2 Unless otherwise prescribed, the intention of the Regatta Director will be to sail two races per Race Day.
    10.3 Unless otherwise agreed by COR in consultation with the Regatta Director and the
    affected Competitors, each Competitor shall sail no more than two races per day.

    11. TIME LIMITS
    11.1 The intended Time Limits, but to be confirmed in the Sailing Instructions for the Prada Cup, are as follows:
    (a) For leg 1 12 minutes (based on 6 knots VMG for 1.2 miles)
    (b) For a race: 45 minutes

    12. INTERNATIONAL JURY
    12.1 An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with the requirements of the Protocol and the RRSAC.

    13. COMMUNICATIONS
    13.1 The following supplied equipment shall be carried aboard whilst racing:
    (a) on each yacht (and it’s rescue boat), a two-way Safety Radio issued by the Race Committee.
    (b) A Media System and Crew Information System as detailed in the AC75 Class Rule.

    14. LIABILITY & INSURANCE
    14.1 Attention is drawn to the RRSAC Fundamental Rule regarding the Decision to Race (RRSAC 3 in the current draft):
    “The responsibility for a yacht’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone”.
    14.2 All Competitors and their personnel taking part in the Prada Cup do so at their own risk.

    15. ANTI-DOPING
    15.1 Competitors shall comply with the Anti-Doping Code for the 36th America’s Cup to be incorporated in the RRSAC.

    16. SPORTS BETTING
    16.1 Attention is drawn to Article 35 of the Protocol prohibiting sports betting on the part of Competitors, their team members and all Officials.

    21. AMENDMENTS
    21.1 These Prada Cup Conditions may only be amended with the agreement of COR and RNZYS.
    Dated this 30th day of June 2020
    Issued by Circolo della Vela Sicilia
    under Article 18.2 of the Protocol Governing the 36th America’s Cup.
    And Approved by RNZYS under Article 18.1
    Attachment 1

    PRADA CUP FORMAT
    Round-Robin Stage
    There will be a stage consisting of four Round-Robins. When two Competitors complete their first race between them, that result shall be considered part of Round Robin 1, irrespective of the original schedule. The same applies to the following completed races between the same two Competitors.
    The final scheduled day of the Round-Robin Stage is Tuesday 26th January (if not completed prior).
    The highest ranked Competitor will be admitted to the Prada Cup Final. The other two Competitors will race in the Semi Final.

    Semi-Final Stage
    The winner of the Semi-Final Stage will be the first to get at least four (4) points after applying scoring changes as per RRSAC.
    The final scheduled day of the Semi-Final Stage is Thursday 4th February (if not completed prior).
    The winner of the Semi-Final Stage will be admitted to the Prada Cup Final.
    Final Series
    The winner of the Final Stage will be the first to get at least seven (7) points after applying scoring changes as per RRSAC.
    The final scheduled day of the Final Stage will be Wednesday 24th February (if not completed prior).
    The winner of the Final Stage will win the Prada Cup and will be the challenger for the Match.

    PRADA CUP 2021 SCHEDULE

    ELIGIBILITY and MEASUREMENT
    Competitors Declaration of its Yacht Configuration
    Wednesday 13 January 1500 hours Round Robin Stage Declaration 1
    Wednesday 20 January 1500 hours Round Robin Stage Declaration 2
    Wednesday 27 January 1500 hours Semi-Final Stage Declaration 3
    Monday 08 February 1600 hours Prada Cup Final Stage Declaration 4
    A final schedule for the weighing of crew shall be published by the Rules Committee under Class Rule
    34.1 on or before 15 July 2020.

    RACING
    Race and Reserve Days Indicative Race No First Warning Signal
    (all 2021)
    Friday 15 January Round Robin 1: Race # 1, Race # 2 1500 hours *
    Saturday 16 January Round Robin 1: Race # 3 1500 hours *
    Round Robin 2: Race # 1
    Sunday 17 January Round Robin 2: Race # 2, Race # 3 1500 hours *
    Monday 18 January Reserve Day
    Tuesday 19 January Reserve Day
    Friday 22 January Round Robin 3: Race # 1, Race # 2 1500 hours *
    Saturday 23 January Round Robin 3: Race # 3 1500 hours *

    Round Robin 4: Race # 1
    Sunday 24 January Round Robin 4: Race # 2, Race # 3 1500 hours *
    Monday 25 January Reserve Day
    Tuesday 26 January Reserve Day
    Friday 29 January Semi-Final: Race # 1, Race # 2 1500 hours *
    Saturday 30 January Semi-Final: Race # 3, Race # 4 1500 hours *
    Sunday 31 January Semi-Final: Race # 5, Race # 6 1500 hours *
    Tuesday 02 February Semi-Final: Race # 7 1500 hours *
    Wednesday 03 February Reserve Day
    Thursday 04 February Reserve Day
    Saturday 13 February Final: Race # 1, Race # 2 1600 hours *
    Sunday 14 February Final: Race # 3, Race # 4 1600 hours *
    Tuesday 16 February Reserve Day
    Wednesday 17 February Final: Race # 5, Race # 6 1600 hours *
    Thursday 18 February Reserve Day
    Friday 19 February ** Final: Race # 7, Race # 8 1600 hours *
    Saturday 20 February Final: Race # 9, Race # 10 1600 hours *
    Sunday 21 February Final: Race # 11, Race # 12 1600 hours *
    Monday 22 February Final: Race # 13 1600 hours *
    Tuesday 23 February Reserve Day
    Wednesday 24 February Reserve Day
    *second race of the day (if any) will be started as soon as possible after completion of the first, but not earlier than 20 minutes.
    ** Friday 19 February will not be used as a Race Day if the Regatta Director (after consultation with the Competitors) considers racing is not required that day to meet the intended objective of completing the
    Prada Cup Final over the weekend of 20/21 February 2021. He may also elect to only conduct one race that day.
    Notes on Reserve Days

    Tuesday 16 February May be used as a Race Day if the Regatta Director so decides
    (after consultation with the Competitors) due to the Stage being behind schedule after the first two Race Days on 13 and 14 February.
    Monday 22 February to If the Prada Cup Final is not completed prior to 22 February Wednesday 24 February then racing will continue every day until completion or until the (included) end of the last Race Day 24 February
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