It's Auckland or bust as New Zealand's host venue or the 2021 event will be held it Italy, Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton has revealed as part of the new protocol for the 36th America's Cup.

Dalton confirmed today that the event will feature 75 foot monohulls and nationality rules where 20 percent of sailors must be from one country. The rest of sailing team must meet strict criteria of residents of 380 days in country from 1 Sep 2018 to 1st Sep 2020.

A series of preliminary regattas will be raced internationally in 2019 & 2020 in the AC75 Class boats, culminating with a Christmas Regatta in December 2020 for all competitors.

Dalton confirmed that Team New Zealand won't take part in the America's Cup Challenger series, to be called the Prada Cup.


Dalton said there is a deadline of August 30 next year to decide whether Auckland will be ready to host the event.

"The only reason we went to the America's Cup was to bring it back here. We're really clear about that, this is where we want to hold it but we've got nothing in place yet.

"I think it's only responsible for the challengers if there is a natural disaster or whatever happens that we couldn't hold it here.

"Rather than finding out next year that it's got to be shopped out all over the place to try and find a venue, we say 'if for whatever reason it can't be in Auckland, which is the intention, absolutely the intention, it will go to Italy."

Dalton said racing won't take place in the inner harbour but will feature off Takapuna or Milford, closer than the last America's Cup in Auckland in 2003.

Each competitor is permitted to build two boats, the hulls of which must be laminated in the country of the competitor. The first boat is not permitted to be launched prior to 31st March 2019, the second can be launched after the 1st February 2020.

The boat
The AC75 Class of boat will be a 75 foot high performance monohull governed by the AC75 Class Rule which will be published by the 31st March 2018, with initial concepts of the class being released to key stakeholders by the end of November 2017.

Cyclors not banned. Teams can run two boats - TNZ will have two.


Expected to be longer races than Bermuda - Around 40 mins. Include longer pre-start and up-wind start.

An increased emphasis has been placed in the rules around the nationality of the sailing crews when racing.

20% or three crew, whichever is higher, must be true nationals (i.e. citizens) of the competing yacht club. The remainder of the crew can be made up of residents of the challenging yacht club's country defined by being physically present in that country for a minimum of 380 days over a 2-year period between September 2018 & 31st August 2020.

The event
Intent is Auckland, 2021 - but no infrastructure exists. Must be confirmed by mid next year. No host city agreement. If not in Auckland - event will go to Italy.

Pre-regattas - Events in 2019, 2020 in the AmCup race boats. Challenger series will be organised by Challenger of Record (Luna Rossa)

Race Management will be entirely independent of the event organisation led by the Regatta Director. The umpires and jury that will manage all on the water rules and disputes for all events.

An independent Measurement Committee will manage the measurement process in accordance with the AC75 Class Rule.

An Arbitration Panel will oversee and deal with all Protocol disputes with published decisions to maintain the integrity of the event.

The Challenger of Record will organise the PRADA Cup and the Defender will organise the America's Cup Match while cooperating with regards to commercial issues such as sponsorship and broadcast rights for the 36th America's Cup as a whole.

Key dates:
30th November 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
1st January 2018: Entries for Challengers Open
31st March 2018: AC75 Class Rule published
30th June 2018: Entries for Challengers Close
31st August 2018: Location of the America's Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed
31st August 2018: Specific race course area confirmed
31st December 2018: Late entries Deadline
31st March 2019: Boat 1 can be launched
2nd half of 2019: 2 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events
1st February 2020: Boat 2 can be launched
2020: 3 x America's Cup World Series Preliminary Events
10th-20th December 2020: America's Cup Christmas Race
January & February 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
March 2021: The America's Cup Match