Panel deplores bid by New York Yacht Club to exclude three teams from America's Cup
Three late entries for the next edition of sailing’s America’s Cup have been cleared to join the challengers to the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, by the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel, meaning that eight teams in all are set to compete in the event.
Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa, the challenger of record, had already both reached a settlement agreement under which the validity of the challenges was accepted, and issued a protocol amendment allowing for the late entries to be paid by deferred instalments.
The panel therefore betrayed frustration over the New York Yacht Club’s decision to pursue the case against the three late entries, saying: “This anti-competitive action has caused further delays and uncertainty for the teams and frustrated the Challenger of Record and the Defender who have been working together in the best interests of the event.
“As a result of the delay, there are now concerns as to the likelihood of the Maltese Malta Altus Challenge being able to continue. However, the Challenger of Record and the Defender continue to work with DutchSail and Stars & Stripes to enable them to make the start line in Auckland in 2021.”
The list of competitors is now as follows:
• Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand)
• Luna Rossa (Italy) – Challenger of Record
• American Magic (USA)
• INEOS Team UK (Great Britain)
• Malta Altus Challenge (Malta)
• Stars & Stripes Team USA (USA)
• DUTCHSAIL (Netherlands)
In 2021, the challengers will contest the Prada Cup to find out who races Team New Zealand in the America's Cup Match in Auckland in March.
Cagliari, Italy will stage the opening leg of the America’s Cup World Series, the series of preparatory races, in October.