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    The dates for the Preliminary Regatta, Louis Vuitton Cup and the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match have now been released with racing getting underway for the four-day Preliminary Regatta starting on the 22nd of August 2024.

    The key dates for the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup are as follows:

    Preliminary Regatta: 22nd- 25thAugust
    Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins: 29thAugust- 8th September
    Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals: 14th– 19th September
    Louis Vuitton Cup Finals: 26thSeptember- 5th October
    Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match: 12thOctober- 21st October

    It will be an intense 3-month racing period for the America’s Cup teams whilst for the Youth & Women’s teams, their separate events will be preceded by long days of official training before their racing begins in earnest.

    All six America’s Cup teams will contest the Preliminary Regatta 22nd – 25th August and this will be the first time the new AC75’s will line up to provide some vital performance insight between the teams.

    Just four days later, as written in the Protocol governing the 37th America’s Cup, the Louis Vuitton Cup will begin with two Round Robins which begin on the 29th of August 2024, with all six competing teams racing, including the Defender. The double Round Robin racing is scheduled to finish on the 8th of September and will be the last time the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, will race the against the Challengers before the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match.

    However, importantly, according to the Protocol the results from all races during the Round Robin stage between a Challenger and the Defender will not count towards the semi-final rankings. Which means, the top four Challengers will advance through to the Louis Vuitton Semi Finals stage, while the first challenging team is eliminated.

    The top qualifier will select their semi-final opponent and in each half of the semi-final draw it’s a first-to-five, best of nine race format.

    There can be no room for error from the Challengers, no off days. The schedule rewards consistency and the opportunity to select your opponent after finishing top at the series conclusion of the second Round Robin is immense.

    The Louis Vuitton Cup Final will see the winning semi-finalists battle it out for the right to face Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match after a best-of-thirteen (first to seven) series.

    The format for the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match itself is also a best-of-thirteen races (first to seven) with an expected conclusion by the 21st October 2024. (Reserve days are scheduled for the 22nd October through to 27th October if required.)

    Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand and America’s Cup Events (ACE) gave his perspective on the format saying: “This is almost certainly the highest Challenger standard seen in the America’s Cup in the past 25 years and the winner will be battle-hardened having come through the white-hot intensity of the Louis Vuitton Cup. For Emirates Team New Zealand, we will have seen the competitiveness early in the Round Robin stage, but it will be a very different and interesting challenge for us to overcome when it comes to the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match. It’s going to be a classic Cup contest.”


    Running alongside the 37th America’s Cup schedule, America’s Cup Events (ACE) can also announce the scheduling for both the Youth and Puig Women’s America’s Cup regattas. The key dates are as follows:

    Youth America’s Cup: 17th- 26thSeptember
    Puig Women’s America’s Cup: 5th- 13thOctober
    The racing and training schedule for each event runs along the same format with Official Practice preceding the race days before the fleet in each respective regatta is split into two groups of six boats for an eight race opening series. The fleet cut will follow with the top six teams advancing to a four-race fleet-race to decide the top two boats in each series.

    The Youth America’s Cup final – a one race, winner-takes-all shoot out is scheduled to take place between Races 1 and Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final on the 26th September 2024. The Final of the Puig Women’s America’s Cup is initially scheduled to be held in between Race 3 and Race 4 of the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup Match on the 13th October 2024.

    Speaking about the scheduling of both finals, Grant Dalton added: “This is maximum global exposure for our Youth & Women’s finalists. It will be a very tough regatta to win where the full range of racing disciplines will be tested to the max. The winners in each event will be catapulted onto the world stage and for sure, we will see future legends of the America’s Cup coming to the fore. It’s an exciting but demanding format that’s been designed to test the athletes to the maximum.”
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    The notification to the Recon Panel, under Technical Regulation 10.6 (a), yesterday of Emirates Team New Zealand and Alinghi Red Bull Racing and today with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, all giving the required 2-month notification of intention to launch their respective new AC75s, is a revealing look into the strategies of these America's Cup teams and firmly puts the ball in the courts of the others.

    By dint of sheer geography, and the constructed-in-country rule, it is in hindsight perhaps no surprise that Emirates Team New Zealand was the first to declare their intention and go for launch early. However, it certainly caught Cup commentators by surprise with none of the sailors or team members interviewed in recent days seeing or predicting that they would be the ones to break cover first.

    Ugo Fonoll / America's Cup
    The Defenders of the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup are now fully into their antipodean summer training schedule on their LEQ12 moded AC40 and have always said that they are keen to get some useful hours on the water down in Auckland on their new AC75, with all their North Shore and Wynyard Dock facilities on-hand in case of any issues, before loading the new boat and shipping to Barcelona. Shipping times are around 47 days from Auckland to Barcelona, so the Kiwi announcement will certainly have factored this well into the overall equation of the campaign. The sailing team begins racing at the end of August in the final Preliminary Regatta and into the round robins but then sit out until the America’s Cup Match itself from the 12-27th October 2024. They have therefore, a relative luxury of time.

    Paul Todd/AMERICA’S CUP

    For Alinghi Red Bull Racing it’s a very different strategy and one that is admirably super-aggressive as the Swiss look to extract maximum time on the water through a launch in April until racing begins on the 22ndAugust 2024. A young team of sailors, fused with Cup winning experienced hands all over and down through the ranks, what the Swiss are perhaps gambling on is that design is done, and development is key. Launching early gives the Swiss time to develop the crucial control systems and pre-sets that could be the key to winning through what is looking like a desperately close Louis Vuitton Cup to select the Challenger.

    Time on the water, time in the boat, time in the shed are all in the matrix of the Alinghi Red Bull Racing announcement and it’s one of the great calculated gambles by a team loaded with some of the wiliest Cup campaigners in the history of the event. What it may also do is force the hand quickly of the other Challengers who are expected to announce very shortly their intentions to launch. What the Swiss have done is ramp up the pressure safe in the knowledge that in terms of sheer hull design, there is very little that other teams can do to alter at this stage – and equally vice versa. What it perhaps shows is a real confidence in their design team led by Marcelino Botin and certainly, a confidence in their Decision S.A build team up in Ecublens, near Lausanne.

    Paul Todd/AMERICA’S CUP

    Sir Ben Ainslie announced at the launch of the Athena Pathway Team for the Youth and Puig Women’s America’s Cup on Monday that the INEOS Britannia AC75 had been taken out of the Jason Carrington build shed over in Hythe, Southampton that morning. Assuming that the AC75 is now en route to Barcelona, we could well see an announcement from them shortly of a launch date. Again, for the Challenger of Record, they will be keen to start the development process at full scale with all the technical might of Mercedes Applied Science at their disposal to measure accurately every output and begin the long process of what the sailors call: “working the boat up.”

    Ivo Rovira / America's Cup

    Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team members have already intimated in interview that their boat will be ‘radical’ and they were next to declare their launch intentions on Tuesday 6th February with Max Sirena speaking after an afternoon of two-boat sailing in Cagliari saying: “I think we can expect that in the next couple of hours.”

    A launch in Sardinia will be a wonderful spectacle and Max gave a good quote on the launch programme saying: “I think at the end everyone is more or less on the same schedule because the only thing you cannot change is the starting date of the event, so everyone at the beginning of the campaign is making his own best programme but at some stage you have to put the boat in the water so more or less it’s a kind of a corner and I think between weeks you will see all the boats in the water. There will be some which are probably launching later than another one, but I think at the end more or less we're going to be in the same window.”

    Meanwhile for the Orient Express Racing Team, who were some people’s pick to launch first having secured an Emirates Team New Zealand design package to save time, their boat is in-build at the Multiplast yard in Vannes and an announcement of their launch date is imminent.

    Ugo Fonoll / America's Cup

    For NYYC American Magic, they like the Kiwis, have a shipping timeframe to consider with their AC75 in build over in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. No word yet on schedule but the team is known to have put systems on their legacy AC75 ‘Patriot’ that will be transferred straight onto the new AC75 when it arrives in Barcelona – a wise move to foreshorten the bedding-in and working up timeframes for those systems.

    Ugo Fonoll / America's Cup

    It's America’s Cup strategy at play and, as always, raises more questions than answers. What we know for sure though is that the race for the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup is well and truly on. (Magnus Wheatley)



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