Thursday, 3 March 2011

America's Cup: AC34 Racing Rules Issued

The AC45 sailing off Auckland. Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget/

by Jane Eagleson and Stephanie Martin

The Racing Rules for the 34th America’s Cup have been issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing’s pinnacle event.

The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching America’s Cup racing.

Some examples of amendments to the Racing Rules for the 34th America’s Cup:

•Simplified systems providing viewers access to the on-board communications during racing.
•Increased likelihood of the first yacht crossing the line of being the winner.

This has been achieved by providing greater powers to officials to make real time decisions coupled with the reduction in the issues that are determined after the race in Protest rooms.

The Racing Rules can be found here

America's Cup