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The America's Cup: Everything you need to know about the sailing competition

Ahead of the 2021 America's Cup in New Zealand , Elaine Bunting explains everything you need to know about the sailing competition in our handy guide - from America's Cup racing rules and history, to detailing just how fast those hydrofoil boats can go...

The America’s Cup is considered the pinnacle of yacht racing. Every four years, teams compete for the oldest trophy in international sport in yachts that represent the cutting edge of yacht design and technology.

This is a magnet for the world’s most talented sailors. It is notoriously difficult to win, and the opportunity comes only once every four years. Yet the storied history of the Cup has always attracted brilliant minds and been backed by some of the world’s most ambitious and successful businessmen.

The America’s Cup match is held between only two teams, the defender and one challenger. The series that establishes the right to be that challenging team was held through January and February, and provided some genuinely shocking moments.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?

Two of the four challengers were eliminated in the Prada Cup challenger series in January and February. The US team American Magic spectacularly spun out of control and capsized in a high-wind, high-speed mark rounding. Despite rapidly being rebuilt, the team was unable to get the boat fully functional again and was ousted from the Prada Cup without a single win.

The British team INEOS Team UK, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, won the opening round robin series handsomely and were regarded as favourites only to shock fans when they were thrashed 7-1 in the Prada Cup final by the clearly faster Italian team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

So after several brutal gladiatorial rounds, the match is on between old rivals Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. The stakes are sky-high: whoever wins the America’s Cup not only earns the historic America’s Cup ‘Auld Mug’ trophy, but they get to write the rule for 37th America’s Cup in four years, defining the yacht design, how it is sailed – and to choose the venue where it will all take place.

It is a winner-takes-all format. The America’s Cup is famously a race in which, as Queen Victoria was informed during the first contest in 1851, “there is no second.”

HOW IS THE AMERICA’S CUP WINNER DECIDED?

The challenger, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, will race against the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand in the 36th America’s Cup match series starting on 10 March.

There are two races each day on 12, 13 and 14 March with additional days on 15, 16 and 17 March if needed to conclude the first-to-seven wins series.

A choice of race course is decided each day depending on wind conditions, but the courses are all windward-leewards with around 3km between each end and around 1.5km from side to side.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TEAMS RACING FOR THE AMERICA’S CUP?

Emirates Team New Zealand, yacht Te Rehutai – The home team is the defender, having won the Cup in Bermuda in 2017. Heading it up is the steely Grant Dalton, with eight times America’s Cup campaigner Kevin Shoebridge capably in charge of the sailing side. The design team is also second to none – and between them they all set the rules this time.

The Kiwis boast some of the youngest sailors, who grew up in the era of foiling, notably the wildly gifted Pete Burling as helmsman and his Olympic champion crewmate Blair Tuke, who share a Gold and Silver Medal and six World Championship wins in the high performance 49er class.

The pair works in partnership with the team’s resident Australian Olympian, Glenn Ashby. This successful triumvirate was a crucial ingredient in Emirates Team New Zealand’s last Cup win. Ashby is key to tactical decisions, Blair Tuke is the so-called flight controller in charge of flaps on the foils and rudder, with Peter Burling is steering and coolly making those split-second decisions on the race course.

Their yacht Te Rehutai has many visible differences compared with Luna Rossa. It is a more brutal looking design beside the smooth shaped, elegant Italian boat, and has quite different shaped foils (see ‘How do the America’s Cup yacht work?’): New Zealand’s are almost flat across the wing base, while Luna Rossa’s foils are in a dihedral shape, sloping downwards from a central wing bulb.

These are just the most obvious differences, and there will be many more variations beneath the surface, especially in the complex control systems. Yet despite dissimilarities, the speed differential between teams in the Prada Cup varied only by fractions of a knot, putting the emphasis on dominating pre-start manoeuvres, reading the wind shifts and match racing the opponent. These will all play a part in the Cup match too.

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, yacht Luna Rossa - The Italian team, backed by Patrizio Bertelli, is bristling with experience. Italian team boss Max Sirena has been involved in six America’s Cups.

At the wheel, the Italians have a set-up never seen before, with straight-talking Australian Jimmy Spithill helming on starboard and Italian Olympic sailor Francesco Bruni helming on port. When one is steering, the other acts as flight controller and trims the foils.

It is a formidable partnership. Spithill is the most successful Cup sailor in the line-up, having been part of seven campaigns and winning it twice in 2010 and 2013 for Larry Ellison’s US team Oracle. Bruni, meanwhile, has three Olympics behind him and several Cup campaigns himself.

While this unconventional division of control between the two helmsmen prompted observers to shake their heads at first, it has proved highly successful. Spithill has suggested that the arrangement allowed them both to accelerate their skills, while at a very practical level it means no one has to jump out of the cockpit and cross the boat during high-speed G-force tacks and gybes before settling back into continuity in a new position.

Indeed, it has been so successful that Emirates Team New Zealand have been experimenting with changing to the one-helmsman-per-side arrangement, split between Peter Burling and Glenn Ashby. Watch out, this may come into play at some point.

Meanwhile, they have increasingly brought into play the tactical skills of Pietro Sibello, an Olympic 49er sailor, who is to be seen popping up to read the wind and the race course and feed back into the strategy.

HOW TO WATCH THE AMERICA’S CUP

America’s Cup racing is split into two parts throughout February and March and you can watch them all free. All the racing will be streamed live on the official America’s Cup YouTube Channel , Facebook and on americascup.com .

It will also be on free-to-air and pay-to-view networks in 120 territories around the world, including TVNZ in New Zealand, RAI and Sky Italia in Italy, the BBC and Sky UK & Ireland in the UK, and NBC Sports in the USA and Caribbean.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN THE AMERICA’S CUP RACES

1. The pre-starts. This America’s Cup has traditional upwind starts. Each team must enter the start box from opposite ends at the two minute mark. They jostle for the best position with the aim of hitting the line powered up exactly as the clock counts down to 0:00 – and in front of their opponent.

To get an advantage, each team will look to dodge, weave, box out their opponent, put a penalty put on them, or execute some other perfectly legitimate but edge-of-the-seat manoeuvre. These minutes can be among the most exciting of a whole race, and may set the tactics and playbook for all that follows so are not to be missed.

2. Mark roundings. Teams can round either one of two marks at the top or bottom of the course, so watch for splits here, close overlaps and other tactical manoeuvres. As the boats bear away at the upwind mark rounding they head into a power zone, speeding up rapidly. This is where we have seen the AC75s exceed 50 knots of speed and get unstable and into trouble with flight control.

3. Light winds. The AC75s have sometimes struggled to foil in winds of under 8 knots. When they come off their foils they suddenly go from supersonic to super-slow. Comparatively huge distances can open up or disappear in a flash if one team finds a puff and gets flying while the other is floundering. On light days, everything can turn inside out in seconds.

4. Strong winds. The same is true in big winds. Mistakes in crewing and sailhandling can be punishing when these massively loaded boats are fully powered up. When the winds are up, the pre-starts and mark roundings are likely war zones.

5. Match race tactics. Some thought the equivalent of hand-to-hand combat could never happen in the AC75s, but they have turned out to be agile and the crews surprisingly willing to throw them into some very close quarter spots. They are also able to mark opponents tack for tack and gybe for gybe round the course to defend a lead and deny their opponent a passing lane. Watch for these clever displays of aggression and stealth. And do listen in the live audio feed from each of the boats that gives big clues as to what each skipper and tactician is doing, thinking and planning.

WHAT ARE THE AMERICA’S CUP YACHTS?

Teams are racing in the AC75 design, a radical 75ft long monohull with no keel that flies on foils at speeds of up to 50 knots.

Deciding the boat to be raced is one of the spoils of victory, and when Emirates Team New Zealand won the last America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 they decided to create something never seen before, and where their knowledge of foiling could be a winning advantage.

The AC75 design rule is a so-called ‘box’ rule, which sets some key parameters such as hull length and overall length with bowsprit (75ft, hence the name AC75). The 62-page rule specification defines draught, minimum hull volume, number of sails, number of foils, even the number of boats – the teams have been allowed to build two and will all be racing with iteration No. 2 – but leaves other areas such as hull shape and foil flaps open for teams to develop.

As these yachts do not have keels, they rely for stability on a mere three tonnes of total ballast, plus 960-990kg allowed for 11 crew. The ballast is spread across two swivelling foils that look like arms (some say insect legs) on each side.

To keep some design costs down, the teams have one-design elements, such as the components and arms that move the foils up and down. However, the shape of the foils, the flaps and the control systems that operate them are absolutely key, and unique to each team.

The rule has also kept hull shape relatively open so we see quite striking differences in shapes. This reflects different teams’ thinking about the best way to promote foiling as early as possible in the wind range and slip as smoothly as possible between displacement and flying modes.

The sails are unique, too. The mainsails are twin-skinned soft wings, a new hybrid between a conventional sail and hard wing.

HOW DO THE AMERICA’S CUP YACHTS WORK?

The AC75s are designed to be able to fly in as little wind as possible, and as consistently as possible across the wind range up to the maximum of 23 knots allowable for the America’s Cup match.

To do that, the yachts have a canting T-foil on each side that provides the lift to take the hull out of the water and fly.

The foils are ballasted to provide stability, and are set across a large beam, so the AC75s have a huge amount of righting moment. That means they can carry a very large and efficient sail area to drive the boat.

Once the leeward foil lifts the hull clear of the water, there is very little drag, with only one slender foil and the T-foil rudder in the water. That, in a nutshell, is how it is possible for these yachts to reach 50 knots of boat speed, and potentially more.

In the real world, there are lots of variables that will affect foiling. New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf sees a large wind range, often blustery conditions, and there are also waves to contend with. Keeping a large boat foiling efficiently and consistently on just two slender points is like juggling on a slackline, and the control systems for rapid adjustments will be a critical but largely invisible factor.

WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP?

Books could, and have, been written about the contentious history of the America’s Cup. It all began in 1851, when a syndicate of businessmen from New York sailed the schooner America across the Atlantic and beat a fleet of British yachts in a race around the Isle of Wight, winning the 100 Guinea Cup.

Famously, Queen Victoria, who had watching the race, asked who was second and the reply came: “Your Majesty, there is no second.”

The 100 Guinea Cup was donated to the New York Yacht Club, renamed in honour of the schooner and a Deed of Gift drawn up for ‘a perpetual challenge cup for friendly competition between nations’. The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and arguably the most difficult (and expensive) to win.

For 160 years, Britain has been trying to win it back. Challengers have included the tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton, who challenged five times between 1899 and 1930.

After a golden era of racing in the J Class yachts, the Cup was raced for in the 12-metre design, then an evolving International America’s Cup Class. More recently it has been contested in much faster multihull designs.

The America’s Cup has always been defined by, and contested with, the backing of some of the world’s wealthiest businessmen. Winners have included Harold Vanderbilt (1930, 1934 and 1937) and Henry Sears (1958).

In the modern era, Ernesto Bertarelli’s team Alinghi won in 2003 and 2007 before losing to Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing in 2010. Ellison’s US team successfully defended in 2013 before losing to New Zealand in 2017.

Both men retreated from the America’s Cup following their defeats, but Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of the Prada Group, is still trying to win it for Italy after five Cup campaigns with the Luna Rossa Challenge.

Since 1851, the US has defended or won the America’s Cup 30 times, New Zealand three times, Switzerland (Alinghi) twice, and Australia once (Alan Bond’s Australia II in 1983). Despite 16 challenges in a Cup match since 1870, Britain has never yet won back the trophy that left its shores in 1851.

WHAT IS THE AMERICA’S CUP TROPHY?

The America’s Cup , affectionately known as the ‘Auld Mug’  is an impressive piece of silverware. Including its pedestal, it stands 1.1m high and weighs over 14kg. It was made by London-based silver maker Robert Garrard & Co, the royal jeweller since 1735, and was originally a claret jug.

It was given an extra pedestal in 1958 to make room for more engraving, and when that ran out of space, another was added in 1992.

A little known fact (which says so much about America’s Cup rivalry) is that when Oracle won the trophy in 2010 the engraving marking rivals Alinghi’s victory was rotated round to the rear. A new base in carbon fibre was also made to replace the mahogany one.

When Louis Vuitton sponsored the challenger series, the America’s Cup was given its own large Vuitton trunk on its 150th birthday in 1998. With Oracle as the holder it was accompanied everywhere and closely guarded by white-gloved bodyguards.

On winning it in 2017, Emirates Team New Zealand took it to yacht clubs round its home country and let members and young sailors handle the famous silver trophy.

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“Today is an important step in the commissioning process for American Magic and B3,” American Magic skipper and president of sailing operations Terry Hutchinson said in a statement. “Our shore crew and engineers have been working methodically over the last 30 days to get us to this moment.”

For the unversed, the AC75s that will compete in the upcoming America’s Cup are the most complex and technologically advanced racing yachts ever built. The highly engineered foilers “fly” across the water at up to 50 knots. Crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, the racers are capable of lift in just 6.5 knots of wind but strong enough to survive an extreme crash in 25 knots.

The B3 will undergo further testing and sea trials in the coming months before her official naming ceremony and inaugural sail. American Magic will then set its sights on the upcoming America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta. The first two preliminary regattas of the AC40s were held in September and November, respectively. (American Magic actually won the September race.) The third and final preliminary regatta, which will take place in Barcelona from August 22 to 25, will see all six AC75s compete for the first time.

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It was like a funeral at the New York Yacht Club when Australia II won the America's Cup after 132 years

Analysis It was like a funeral at the New York Yacht Club when Australia II won the America's Cup after 132 years

Australia II and Liberty race in the finals of the 1983 America's Cup.

A weepy, funeral-like procession in midtown Manhattan and an empty champagne bottle turned upside down: two striking images from the day the US lost the America's Cup for the first time after more than a century of dominance — exactly 38 years ago.

The New York Yacht Club in mourning might be the last place you'd expect a visiting Australian to try to gatecrash.

But that's where I found myself on that fateful night: borrowing an oversized blue blazer, jumping in a yellow cab to West 44th Street and talking my way into the members' only enclave.

And all because an elitist yachting competition had somehow captivated our entire nation.

It was on September 26, 1983, that Australia II completed an improbable comeback over US boat, Liberty, winning race seven at Newport, Rhode Island, for a 4-3 victory overall, having trailed 3-1.

Back in Australia, a nation celebrated, led by a champagne-soaked prime minister in Perth.

After a night of watching the drama on television, Bob Hawke effectively declared the following day — a Tuesday — a national public holiday, saying: "Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum."

Three hundred kilometres south of the racing off Rhode Island, the New York Yacht Club was in a state of shock, unprepared for the end of a winning streak — the longest in sports — dating back to 1851.

There, more than anywhere else, at the club's home since 1901, the impact of Australia II's triumph was being felt. As uplifting as the result was for underdog Aussies 16,000 kilometres away, it was, in equal measure, devastating for those supporting the losing favourite.

This moment in history coincided with my first trip — a backpacker-style vacation — to the United States. I'd started the marathon journey from Sydney with Australia II headed for a noble defeat but arrived in New York City with John Bertrand's crew pulling off the near impossible.

The America's Cup was the last thing on my mind when air tickets were booked several months earlier.

In holiday mode, joining some fellow Australian journalists in a Manhattan bar, someone remarked what a great story it would be to sneak into the New York Yacht Club to see how the members were handling the shock of losing the cup.

A yellow taxi sits parked outside an old-fashioned light brown building with two flags hanging outside.

Along with the world's most dangerous and politically unstable hotspots of the time, the New York Yacht Club on that particular September evening might have been a place where all Australians would have been advised against travelling.

Two days before the races started, the club had unsuccessfully tried through the courts to ban Australia II's controversial winged keel, effectively accusing the Royal Perth Yacht Club syndicate of cheating.

Cup transported by armoured vehicle

Precisely when I arrived at the club, its main doors opened and about a dozen members filed out towards a parked van. Half of them were carrying a large wooden box that looked like a coffin. It didn't take long to work out the America's Cup was inside.

The van was a Brinks armoured vehicle, ready to drive sailing's most famous silverware up Interstate 95 to Newport for the official handover — to the enemy.

winged keel

Funerals are often slow and measured affairs but this process was rapid and urgent. While the emotions flowed as they might alongside any cortege, there was also an air of chaos and confusion as a trophy representing 132 years of achievement was ingloriously yanked from the gentrified Beux-Arts landmark in less than 60 seconds.

A young man with dark hair wearing a light sweater and dark pants stands in a New York street in the 1980s.

Once the vehicle was out of sight, a few of the members lingered on the footpath, trying to make sense of what they had just witnessed, including a middle-aged man with red eyes.

Fortunately, the man did not throw punches in a fit of New York rage when approached by a journalist from Sydney interested in hearing his views. Instead, there was an invitation to join him and his wife for a complimentary dinner at the club.

So, the New York Yacht Club visitors' book for the evening of September 26, 1983, registered one Australian guest.

'Therapy session' over steak dinner

In the heart of a city with the world's highest concentration of psychiatrists, the meal with a gracious American host had the unfettered air of a therapy session. And, with the Cold War still in full swing, it was also a kind of entente cordiale: two potential adversaries breaking bread in the name of a higher cause.

That same day, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averted a possible nuclear war by correctly identifying a US missile attack warning in Moscow as a false alarm. On American soil, Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who had risen to power three years earlier, was on a tense state visit to Washington DC.

A long, slim, ornate and old fashioned silver trophy gleams in front of a black background.

During our dinner, the man opened up in a way one wouldn't have imagined, speaking about his personal pain and sense of loss in saying goodbye to the Auld Mug. For him, the America's Cup — the trophy — was like a close friend whose reassuring presence provided almost daily comfort within the exclusive confines of the club.

The man also shared an insider's account of how the decisive seventh race of the series played out for him and the other members.

Club with no TV and 'ship-at-sea echo'

In contrast to Manhattan's rowdy sports bars, the New York Yacht Club had (in its own words) a "ship-at-sea echo". Then, like now, it was a cosy and refined refuge where members could peacefully enjoy a drink, meal and thoughtful conversation without distraction.

So, with no television or radio on the premises, the only way to get updates on the racing was from an open telephone line to Newport.

Because retaining the America's Cup was almost a formality, members hadn't felt the need to closely follow each day's racing. Most of the previous series were lopsided, with the defender rarely troubled. The US had lost only three of 39 races dating back to 1937, and had dropped just nine races since the America's Cup began in 1851.

But, with the 1983 series tied at 3-3 going into race seven, one member, with a no-dial rotary telephone in hand, was given the job of relaying information from Newport to an increasingly concerned gathering within the club.

Alan Bond and Dennis Conner

Under respected skipper Dennis Conner, Liberty started well and seemed on course for victory. But after surrendering the lead on the penultimate leg, the American yacht was unable to get it back, despite Conner tacking 47 times before the finish.

Australia II, expertly piloted by Olympic medallist Bertrand, crossed the line 41 seconds ahead to clinch the series, meaning the challenger had defied sudden death by taking the last three races to win.

After we had a magnificent steak dinner in the dining room, the man introduced me to other members, with an invitation to look around the club that had operated on that site since 1901. Walking through the various sections, the detail and quality of the many replica boats and ships on display in its trophy room was impressive.

America's Cup skipper John Betrand rides in a car during celebrations of the 1983 victory.

Champagne bottle replaces missing cup

What stood out was the sizeable display case that had protected the America's Cup until a few hours earlier.

Instead of showing off precious silverware, the structure now housed an empty champagne bottle, its spout pointing to the floor, symbolic of an institution whose world had been turned upside down.

After the man and his wife had gone home, I wrote my story by hand on New York Yacht Club letterhead in a quiet corner of the club. Then, in those early days of computers long before email, the article was dictated on a reverse-charges telephone call to a typist back at the Sydney Morning Herald for the next day's edition.

Just after midnight, this Australian visitor was the second-last person to leave the club, let out the front door by the night security guard.

Australia II reunion

For someone who didn't live through Australia's unexpected success off the Rhode Island coast, it is difficult to explain four decades later the significance of winning — let's face it — a relatively obscure sporting event.

But Bertrand's unexpected success, powered by Ben Lexcen's winged keel and Alan Bond's cash, seemed to energise a nation down on its competitive luck.

Australia had won just nine medals at the ill-fated and partly boycotted 1980 Moscow Olympics and only five — with no gold — at the Montreal Games four years before that. Compare that to 46 medals, with 17 golds at the recent Tokyo Olympics.

Boxing Kangaroo flag galvanises a nation

The boxing Kangaroo flag that fluttered in the Rhode Island breeze off Australia II's forestay became a symbol of its triumph. And it would epitomise our fighting spirit in decades of other sporting battles to come. Rather than the nagging feeling that we might not be good enough, sticking it to the Yanks in their own — ahem — waterways when all seemed lost, proved that anything was possible.

The triumph came just seven months into Bob Hawke's first term as prime minister and remains one of his most endearing moments, setting the tone for his tenure. Wearing a gaudy Australian-branded sports coat, his euphoria bubbled over in the early hours amongst a packed crowd at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. Indeed, as a proud West Australian, this moment was even sweeter.

Years later, the America's Cup would be voted by the readers of my old newspaper as the greatest day in Australian sports history, more significant than winning world cups in rugby and cricket and staging the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Boxing kangaroo flag

It remains the only time Australia has actually won the America's Cup. In a disastrous defence at Fremantle four years later, Kookaburra III was trounced 4-0 by Stars and Stripes 87, skippered by 1983 loser, Dennis Conner. Conner's tale of redemption is featured in a 1992 film, Wind.

New Zealand is the current holder of the America's Cup, having successfully defended the trophy in March — winning it for the fourth time — after  Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Italy's Luna Rossa by seven races to three off the coast of Auckland.

After leaving the New York Yacht Club on that autumn night in 1983,  I took a reflective stroll back to my accommodation a few blocks away near Times Square.

I rounded a corner, past the open doors of a late-night bar whose house band was cranking out a raucous version of Who Can It Be Now? by Men At Work. The Melbourne group's other big hit, Down Under, was the unofficial anthem of Australia II's challenge, but I'd never heard US musicians covering Australian artists before.

In those pre-Crocodile Dundee days, the full brunt of Australia's cultural awakening and transformation — and the resulting international invasion — was still a few years away.

But for a split second on that last Tuesday in September 1983, I caught a glimpse of the future.

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WJAR produced a live broadcast of the 1983 America's Cup from Newport. (WJAR)

WJAR made television history in 1983 in the waters off Newport. We produced the first live telecast of an America's Cup race.

It was the seventh and deciding race between the Royal Perth Yacht Club's Australia II and the New York Yacht Club's Liberty.

Broadcast live worldwide, everyone was eager to see if the Americans' 132-year win streak would end.

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Australia II won the race, with credit given to a secret keel design that was not revealed until after the race.

Reluctantly, the U.S. handed over the trophy.

"According to the wishes of syndicate head Alan Bond, the trophy, no matter what turf it rests on, will still be called the America's Cup," NBC 10's Beverly Schuch reported.

American teams have since won back the cup, but the marquee race has never returned to Newport.

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America's Cup 2021

The 36th edition of the America's Cup - also known as AC36 - will take place at Auckland , Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand commencing on the 6th of March 2021 and concluding on the 21st of March 2021.

Five courses have been selected that span from the north Auckland suburb of Takapuna to Waiheke Island. According to Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton, the courses were chosen to cater for all wind and tide directions and conditions while ensuring that land-based spectators and the large spectator fleet that is expected have excellent views of proceedings.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia, who are represented by the Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record - Luna Rossa respectively, have collaborated on the building rules for the AC75 to ensure there is plenty of room for creativity and innovation while maintaining fair competition between vessels. The rules include:

• Strict limitations on the number of components that can be built including hulls, masts, rudders, foils, and sails, thus encouraging teams to do more R&D in simulation and subsequently less physical construction and testing

• Supplied foil arms and cant system to save design time and construction costs

• Supplied rigging

• One design mast tube

While the previous two editions used catamarans, the 36th edition of the America’s Cup will be contested in the AC75 mono-hulled foiling yacht, which has a hull length of 20.7m/67.9ft with a bowsprit of 2m/6.5ft, and a maximum beam of 5m/16.4ft. The total weight will not exceed 6.5T, while a crew of 11 has an expected weight range of 960-990kg.

The twin canting T-foils have a maximum span of 4m/13ft and a depth of 5m/16.4ft, while the centreline T-foil rudder has a maximum 3m/9.8ft span and a draft of up to 3.5m/11.5ft.

Attached to the 26.5m/86.9ft mast is a sail plan with a main sail of 135-145m2/1453-1560.7ft2, a jib of 90m2/968.7ft2 and a code zero of 200m2/2152.8ft2.

The World Series will take place in the second half of 2019 and in 2020, with a Christmas Regatta to end the year.

Timetable running up to the 36th America's Cup:

• Entries open - January 1 2018

• Entries close - June 30 2018

• America’s Cup World Series - 2019 - 2020

• America's Cup Christmas regatta - December 2020

• Prada Cup Regatta (Challenger Selection Series) - January - February 2021

• America’s Cup - 6th-21st March 2021

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Save the Date

• 29th January to the 1st of February 2020: New Zealand Millennium Cup Superyacht Regatta in the Bay of Islands

• 31st December 2020: Royal New Zealand Rock Squadron – New Year’s Eve Race to Kawau Island

• January 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed): Prada Cup Challenger Series in the Hauraki Gulf

• 1st January 2021: Royal New Zealand Rock Squadron – 150th Anniversary & New Year’s Day Round Kawau Island Race

• 3rd to 6th of January 2021: Royal New Zealand Rock Squadron – Cruise to Great Barrier Island

• 12th to 14th February 2021: Superyacht Fishing Competition at the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club

• 15th to 18th February 2021: New Zealand Millennium Cup Superyacht and J Class Yacht Regatta in the Bay of Islands

• 24th to 26th February 2021: Royal New Zealand Rock Squadron – Superyacht Regatta

• 1st to 5th March 2021:

• 6th March 2021: J-Class Exhibition Sail J-Class Championships in the Hauraki Gulf

• 6th to 21st March 2021: 36th America’s Cup in the Hauraki Gulf

• 24th to 26th March 2021: The Superyacht Gathering

Four teams have been confirmed by the 1st of July 2019 deadline set by the defending Emirates Team New Zealand. They are:

• Emirates Team New Zealand

On 6 September 2019, Emirates Team New Zealand launched its mono-hull racing boat TE AIHE. Her aerodynamic design represented by an arrow-headed appearance, while two deep cockpits are desgined to increase efficiency while underway. TE AIHE was designed to strict rules of the competiton and her total weight doe not exceed 6.5T. This racing boat is expected to reach a speed of more than 50 knots. 

• Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

• INEOS Team UK

• American Magic NYYC

Of note is a change in the rules requiring at least 10 of the 12 crew to have to be citizens of the country that they represent, while the other two must meet strict residency criteria.

In addition, defenders Emirates Team New Zealand will not be taking part in the challenger series unlike previous winners ORACLE Team USA and will enter the competition once the America's Cup commences.

Stars + Stripes Team USA have joined the competition as late challengers and are liable to pay a $1,000,000 USD late entry fee with is due in instalments before the 1st of October 2019.

Although Royal Netherlands Yacht Club, DutchSail, were one of the original contenders, they were unable to secure a naming rights sponsor and therefore could not commit by the set deadline, resulting in their withdrawal from the competition.

Royal Malta Yacht Club also intended to take part in the 36th America's Cup, however a $40,000,000 USD package promised by backers did not come to pass.

No fee for luxury yachts dropping anchor in waters around Auckland

Auckland Council in consultation with NZ Marine have dropped fees for luxury yachts over 40m/131ft in length that wish to drop anchor in the waters surrounding the city. Instead, there will be a new visitor-friendly 12-month navigation and safety fee for vessels that fit into this size category, allowing foreign visitors and New Zealand residents from other parts of the country to take their time exploring the clear waters, coves and sandy beaches surrounding the metropolis. Find out more...

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Upgraded marina facilities in the run-up to the 36th America’s Cup

New Zealand has a wall-established marine industry with shipyards on both islands and extensive repair and refit facilities in Auckland, and these are being further developed along with additional berthing ahead of the influx of superyachts expected for the America’s Cup.

New infrastructure includes a marina in the Bay of Islands plus a superyacht village in Auckalnd for the event. There will also be travel lifts available at Vessel Works in the Bay of Plenty and at Orams Marine in Auckland.

DYT Yacht Transport is also providing extra services to take luxury yachts to New Zealand waters for 2020/21 and returning them to the Mediterranean in time for the summer luxury yacht charter season.

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Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and as such has a massive array of galleries, museums, boutiques and shopping centres with international brands on offer. Nicknamed the 'City of Sails', one in three households owns a boat and the stunning surrounding islands and coast are well worth exploring on the water. 

The Bay of Islands - North of Auckland, the Bay of Islands reportedly has the second bluest skies anywhere in the world (after Rio de Janeiro) boasts some incredible beaches and ideal conditions for sailing and wind-powered water toys. The sport-fishing here is known internationally, with visitors coming to hook a kingfish or marlin. Dolphins and whales can also be spotted within the region, and the uninhabited islands make for a quiet sunbathing spot away from the pressures of the modern world.

The Bay of Plenty & Hauraki Gulf Marine Park - With 80 islands to explore by yacht, it's possible to spend an entire week exploring the northern tip of the North Island and still not see all of its wonders. Rangitoto Island is a dormant volcano and the closest island to Auckland. Trails lead to the summit where visitors have sweeping views of the surroundings, and the island is also home to the world's largest pohutukawa forest, a tree that blooms with red flowers over the southern hemisphere summer and is often called the 'New Zealand Christmas Tree'.

Great Barrier Island is covered in historic sites including a whaling station, shipwrecks, and gold and copper mines. Snorkelers, Scuba divers and fishing groups come to the region to explore the crystal clear waters, and hikers will be in their element with the pristine beaches and trails through the forest on offer.

Poor Knights Islands - This area has a reputation as one of the best locations for Scuba divers to visit, offering incredible biodiversity in crystal clear waters, with attractions including a nudibranch wall and caves to suit more experienced divers, whereas beginners also have a selection of impressive sites to practise skills and gain experience.

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Copa America 2024: Full Schedule, Teams, Groups, Live Streaming & All You Need To Know

T he 2024 edition of Copa America is almost looming on the horizon and it promises to be n exciting tournament. The likes of Argentina, Brazil and the USA will take part in this 16 team affair.

Current holders Argentina will launch their title defence against Canada as Lionel Messi will once again lead his team in another international tournament. Ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which is also scheduled to be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico, this will be a golden opportunity for the teams to get acclimatised to the conditions.

Copa America 2024 Full Schedule

DateMatch No.MatchKick-off Time (Local time)Kick-off Time (IST)Venue
June 201Argentina vs Canada8:00 pm5:30 am (June 21)Atlanta
June 212Peru vs Chile7:00 pm5:30 am (June 22)Arlington
June 223Mexico vs Jamaica8:00 pm6:30 am (June 23)Houston
June 224Ecuador vs Venezuela3:00 pm3:30 am (June 23)Santa Clara
June 235USA vs Bolivia5:00 pm3:30 am (June 24)Arlington
June 236Uruguay vs Panama9:00 pm6:30 am (June 24)Miami
June 247Brazil vs Croatia6:00 pm6:30 am (June 25)Inglewood
June 248Colombia vs Paraguay5:00 pm3:30 am (June 25)Houston
June 259Chile vs Argentina9:00 pm6:30 am (June 26)East Rutherford
June 2510Peru vs Canada5:00 pm3:30 am (June 26)Kansas City
June 2611Venezuela vs Mexico6:00 pm6:30 am (June 27)Inglewood
June 2612Ecuador vs Jamaica3:00 pm3:30 am (June 27)Las Vegas
June 2713Panama vs USA6:00 pm3:30 am (June 28)Atlanta
June 2714Uruguay vs Bolivia9:00 pm6:30 am (June 28)East Rutherford
June 2815Paraguay vs Brazil6:00 pm6:30 am (June 29)Las Vegas
June 2816Colombia vs Costa Rica3:00 pm3:30 am (June 29)Glendale
June 2917Argentina vs Peru8:00 pm5:30 am (June 30)Miami
June 2918Canada vs Chile8:00 pm5:30 am (June 30)Orlando
June 3019Mexico vs Ecuador5:00 pm5:30 am (July 1)Glendale
June 3020Jamaica vs Venezuela7:00 pm5:30 am (July 1)Austin
July 121USA vs Uruguay8:00 pm6:30 am (July 2)Kansas City
July 122Bolivia vs Panama9:00 pm6:30 am (July 2)Orlando
July 223Brazil vs Colombia6:00 pm6:30 am (July 3)Santa Clara
July 224Costa Rica vs Paraguay8:00 pm6:30 am (July 3)Austin
Quarterfinals
July 4251A vs 2B8:00 pm6:30 am (July 5)Houston
July 5261B vs 2A8:00 pm6:30 am (July 6)Arlington
July 6271C vs 2D6:00 pm6:30 am (July 7)Las Vegas
July 6281D vs 2C3:00 pm3:30 am (July 7)Glendale
Semifinals
July 929W25 vs W268:00 pm5:30 am (July 10)East Rutherford
July 1030W27 vs W288:00 pm5:30 am (July 11)Charlotte
Third-place match
July 1331L29 vs L308:00 pm5:30 am (July 14)Charlotte
Final
July 1432W29 vs W308:00 pm5:30 am (July 15)Miami

Copa America Full Squads

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Ajax), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Nottingham Forest), Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon)

Midfielders: Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis), Leandro Paredes (Roma), Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham)

Forwards: Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Valentin Carboni (Monza), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)

Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau (Portland Timbers), Thomas McGill (Brighton), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United FC)

Defenders: Moise Bombito (Colorado Rapids), Derek Cornelius (Malmo FF), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Luc de Fougerolles (Fulham), Kyle Hiebert (St. Louis City), Alistair Johnston (Celtic), Richie Laryea (Toronto FC), Kamal Miller (Portland Timbers)

Midfielders: Ali Ahmed (Vancouver Whitecaps), Mathieu Choiniere (CF Montreal), Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto), Ismael Kone (Watford), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (CF Montreal)

Forwards: Theo Bair (Motherwell), Tajon Buchanan (Inter Milan), Jonathan David (Lille), Junior Hoilett (Aberdeen), Cyle Larin (RCD Mallorca), Liam Millar (Basel), Tani Oluwaseyi (Minnesota United), Jacen-Russell Rowe (Columbus Crew), Jacob Shaffelburg (Nashville SC)

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Betis), Brayan Cortes (Colo-Colo), Gabriel Arias (Racing)

Defenders: Mauricio Isla (Independiente), Guillermo Maripan (Monaco), Paulo Diaz (River Plate), Gabriel Suazo (Toulouse), Igor Lichnovsky (Club America), Benjamin Kuscevic (Fortaleza), Matias Catalan (Talleres), Nicolas Fernandez (Audax Italiano), Thomas Galdames (Godoy Cruz)

Midfielders: Erick Pulgar (Flamengo), Diego Valdes (Club America), Marcelino Nunez (Norwich City), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo), Rodrigo Echeverria (Huracan), Cesar Perez (Union La Calera)

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan), Eduardo Vargas (Atletico Mineiro), Ben Brereton Diaz (Sheffield United), Victor Davila (CSKA Moscow), Dario Osorio (Midtjylland), Marcos Bolados (Colo-Colo), Cristian Zavala (Colo-Colo), Maximiliano Guerrero (Universidad de Chile)

Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Orlando City), Carlos Caceda (Melgar), Diego Romero (Universitario de Deportes)

Defenders: Luis Abram (Atlanta United), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Anderson Santamaria (Santos Laguna), Carlos Zambrano (Alianza Lima), Marcos Lopez (Feyenoord), Miguel Araujo (Portland Timbers), Luis Advincula (Boca Juniors), Oliver Sonne (Silkeborg), Alexander Callens (Girona)

Midfielders: Sergio Pena (Malmo), Christian Cueva (Free Agent), Piero Quispe (UNAM), Wilder Cartagena (Orlando City), Jesus Castillo (Gil Vicente),

Forwards: Andy Polo (Universitario), Paolo Guerrero (Universidad Cesar Vallejo), Jose Rivera (Universitario), Gianluca Lapadula (Cagliari), Andre Carrillo (Al-Qadsiah), Edison Flores (Universitario), Bryan Reyna (Belgrano), Joao Grimaldo (Sporting Cristal), Franco Zanelatto (Alianza Lima)

Goalkeepers: Hernan Galindez (Huracan), Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito), Moises Ramirez (Independiente del Valle)

Defenders: Piero Hincapie (Bayer Leverkusen), William Pacho (Eintracht Frankfurt), Felix Torres (Corinthians), Joel Ordonez (Club Bruges), Andres Micolta (Pachuca), Jackson Porozo (Troyes), Layan Loor (CD Universidad Catolica), Jose Hurtado (RB Bragantino), Angelo Preciado (Sparta Prague)

Midfielders: Carlos Gruezo (San Jose Earthquakes), Moises Caicedo (Chelsea), Alan Franco (Atletico Mineiro), Jose Cifuentes (Cruzeiro), Joao Ortiz (Independiente del Valle), Kendry Paez (Independiente del Valle), Jeremy Sarmiento (Ipswich Town), John Yeboah (Rakow Czestochowa), Angel Mena (Leon), Alan Minda (Cercle Bruges), Janner Corozo (Barcelona S.C)

Forwards: Enner Valencia (Internacional), Kevin Rodriguez (Royale Union Saint-Gilloise), Jordy Caicedo (Atlas)

Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Jahmali Waite (El Paso Locomotive), Coniah Boyce-Clarke (Reading), Shaquan Davis (Mount Pleasant)

Defenders: Damion Lowe (Philadelphia Union), Michael Hector (Charlton Athletic), Amari’i Bell (Luton Town), Richard King (Cavalier), Dexter Lembikisa (Hearts), Greg Leigh (Oxford United), Di’Shon Bernard (Sheffield Wednesday), Ethan Pinnock (Brentford), Wesley Harding (Millwall), Jon Bell (Seattle Sounders)

Midfielders: Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham), Kevon Lambert (Real Salt Lake), Alex Marshall (Portmore United), Joel Latibeaudiere (Coventry City), Kasey Palmer (Coventry City), Karoy Anderson (Charlton Athletic)

Forwards: Shamar Nicholson (Clermont), Leon Bailey (Aston Villa), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Demarai Gray (Al-Ettifaq), Renaldo Cephas (Ankaragucu), Kaheim Dixon (Arnett Gardens)

Goalkeepers: Luis Malagon (Club America), Julio Gonzalez (UNAM), Raul Rangel (Guadalajara)

Defenders: Cesar Montes (Almeria), Jorge Sanchez (Porto), Gerardo Arteaga (Monterrey), Johan Vasquez (Genoa), Israel Reyes (Club America), Jesus Orozco (Guadalajara), Brian Garcia (Toluca), Bryan Gonzalez (Pachuca)

Midfielders: Edson Alvarez (West Ham United), Orbelin Pineda (AEK Athens), Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul), Carlos Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Luis Romo (Monterrey), Roberto Alvarado (Guadalajara), Luis Chavez (Dynamo Moscow), Erick Sanchez (Pachuca), Diego Lainez (UANL), Marcelo Flores (UANL)

Forwards: Alexis Vega (Toluca), Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord), Cesar Huerta (UNAM), Julian Quinones (Club America), Guillermo Martínez (UNAM)

Goalkeepers: Rafael Romo (Universidad Catolica), Joel Graterol (America de Cali), Jose Contreras (Aguilas Doradas)

Defenders: Alexander Gonzalez (Emelec), Jhon Chancellor (Metropolitanos), Wilker Angel (Criciuma), Yordan Osorio (Parma), Nahuel Ferraresi (Sao Paulo), Miguel Navarro (Talleres), Christian Makoun (Anorthosis Famagusta), Jon Aramburu (Real Sociedad)

Midfielders: Thomas Rincon (Santos), Darwin Machis (Cadiz), Jhon Murillo (Atlas), Yeferson Soteldo (Gremio), Jefferson Savarino (Botafogo), Yangel Herrera (Girona), Cristian Casseres (Toulouse), Jose Andres Martinez (Philadelphia Union), Eduard Bello (Mazatlan), Samuel Sosa (Queretaro), Daniel Pereira (Austin FC), Telasco Segovia (Casa Pia), Kervin Andrade (Fortaleza), Matias Lacava (Vizela)

Forwards: Salomon Rondon (Pachuca), Eric Ramirez (Atletico Nacional), Jhonder Cadiz (Famalicao)

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Viscarra (The Strongest), Carlos Lampe (Bolivar), Gustavo Almada (Universitario de Vinto)

Defenders: Diego Medina (Always Ready), Pablo Vaca (Always Ready), Hector Cuellar (Always Ready), Marcelo Suarez (Always Ready), Yomar Rocha (Bolivar), Jesus Sagredo (Bolivar), Jose Sagredo (Bolivar), Jairo Quinteros (Bolivar), Adrian Jusino (The Strongest), Luis Haquin (Atletico Ponte Preta), Efrain Morales (Atlanta United), Roberto Carlos Fernandez (Baltika Kaliningrad)

Midfielders: Lucas Chavez (Bolivar), Leonel Justiniano (Bolivar), Fernando Saucedo (Bolivar), Ramiro Vaca (Bolivar), Robson Matheus (Always Ready), Adalid Terrazas (Always Ready), Rodrigo Ramallo (The Strongest), Boris Cespedes (Yverdon Sport), Jaume Cuellar (Barcelona B), Gabriel Villamil (Liga de Quito), Miguel Terceros (Santos)

Forwards: Cesar Menacho (Blooming), Carmelo Algaranaz (Bolivar), Bruno Miranda (The Strongest)

Goalkeepers: Luis Mejia (Nacional), Cesar Samudio (Marathon), Orlando Mosquera (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Defenders: Cesar Blackman (Slovan Bratislava), Jose Cordoba (Norwich City), Ivan Anderson (Fortaleza), Michael Amir Murillo (Marseille), Edgardo Farina (Municipal), Roderick Miller (Turan Tovuz), Eric Davis (Kosice), Omar Valencia (New York Red Bulls II), Eduardo Anderson (Saprissa)

Midfielders: Abdiel Ayarza (Cienciano), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Houston Dynamo), Anibal Godoy (Nashville), Cristian Martinez (Al-Jandal), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Famalicao), Yoel Barcenas (Mazatlan), Jovani Welch (Academico de Viseu), Freddy Gondola (Maccabi Bnei Reineh), Cesar Yanis (San Carlos), Kahiser Lenis (Jaguares), Carlos Harvey (Minnesota United)

Forwards: Ismael Diaz (Universidad Catolica), Jose Fajardo (Universidad Catolica), Eduardo Guerrero (Zorya Luhansk)

United States

Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Cardiff City), Sean Johnson (Toronto FC), Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest)

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Kristoffer Lund (Palermo), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Tim Ream (Fulham), Chris Richards (Crystal Palace), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (Bournemouth), Johnny Cardoso (Real Betis), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (AC Milan), Gio Reyna (Nottingham Forest), Malik Tillman (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin), Folarin Balogun (Monaco), Ricardo Pepi (PSV Eindhoven), Christian Pulisic (AC Milan), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Tim Weah (Juventus), Haji Wright (Coventry City)

Goalkeepers: Sergio Rochet (Internacional), Santiago Mele (Atletico Junior), Franco Israel (Sporting Lisbon)

Defenders: Ronald Araujo (Barcelona), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Nicolas Marichal (Dinamo Moscow), Matias Vina (Flamengo), Lucas Olaza (Krasnodar), Mathias Olivera (Napoli), Sebastian Caceres (Club America), Guillermo Varela (Flamengo), Nahitan Nandez (Cagliari)

Midfielders: Manuel Ugarte (PSG), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Emiliano Martinez (Midtjylland), Nicolas de la Cruz (Flamengo), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengo)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Inter Miami), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool), Agustin Canobbio (Athletico Paranaense), Brian Rodriguez (Club America), Brian Ocampo (Cadiz), Facundo Pellistri (Manchester United), Maximiliano Araujo (Toluca), Cristian Olivera (LAFC)

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Bento (Athletico Paranaense), Rafael (Sao Paulo)

Defenders: Marquinhos (PSG), Danilo (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal), Guilherme Arana (Athletico Mineiro), Bremer (Juventus), Yan Couto (Girona), Lucas Beraldo (PSG), Wendell (Porto)

Midfielders: Lucas Paqueta (West Ham United), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle United), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Andreas Pereira (Fulham), Joao Gomes (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ederson (Atalanta)

Forwards: Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Endrick (Palmeiras), Pepe (Porto), Savio (Girona), Evanilson (Porto)

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Al Nassr), Camilo Vargas (Atlas), Alvaro Montero (Millonarios)

Defenders: Carlos Cuesta (Genk), Jhon Lucumi (Bologna), Santiago Arias (Bahia), Yerry Mina (Cagliari), Johan Mojica (Osasuna), Daniel Munoz (Crystal Palace), Davinson Sanchez (Galatasaray), Deiver Machado (Lens)

Midfielders: Kevin Castano (Krasnodar), Richard Rios (Palmeiras), Jorge Carrascal (Dynamo Moscow), James Rodriguez (Sao Paulo), Jhon Arias (Fluminense), Mateus Uribe (Al Sadd), Jefferson Lerma (Crystal Palace), Juan Fernando Quintero (Racing), Yaser Asprilla (Watford)

Forwards: Luis Diaz (Liverpool), Miguel Borja (River Plate), Jhon Duran (Aston Villa), Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth), Rafael Santos Borre (Internacional), Jhon Cordoba (Krasnodar)

Goalkeepers: Kevin Chamorro (Saprissa), Patrick Sequeira (Ibiza), Aaron Cruz (Herediano)

Defenders: Francisco Calvo (Juarez), Juan Pablo Vargas (Millonarios), Joseph Mora (Saprissa), Julio Cascante (Austin FC), Haxzel Quiros (Herediano), Gerald Taylor (Saprissa), Jeyland Mitchell (Alajuelense), Fernan Faerron (Herediano), Yeison Molina (Guanacasteca), Douglas Sequeira (Saprissa)

Midfielders: Ariel Lassiter (CF Montreal), Orlando Gaio (Herediano), Brandon Aguilera (Bristol Rovers), Jefferson Brenes (Saprissa), Josimar Alcocer (Westerlo), Alejandro Bran (Minnesota United)

Forwards: Joel Campbell (Alajuelense), Anthony Contreras (Pafos), Warren Madrigal (Saprissa), Alvaro Zamora (Aris), Manfred Ulgade (Spartak Moscow), Kenneth Vargas (Hearts), Andy Rojas (Herediano)

Goalkeepers: Carlos Coronel (New York Red Bulls), Juan Espnola (Olimpia), Santiago Rojas (Botafogo)

Defenders: Fabian Balbuena (Dynamo Moscow), Gustavo Gomez (Palmeiras), Ivan Ramirez (Club Libertad Asuncion), Junior Alonso (FK Krasnodar), Matias Espinoza (Club Libertad Asuncion), Omar Alderete (Getafe), Robert Rojas (Vasco da Gama)

Midfielders: Andres Cubas (Vancouver Whitecaps), Braian Ojeda (Real Salt Lake), Diego Gomez (Inter Miami), Gaston Gimenez (Chicago Fire), Julio Enciso (Brighton), Kaku (Al Ain), Miguel Almiron (Newcastle), Matias Galarza (Seattle Sounders FC), Mathias Villasanti (Gremio)

Forwards: Antonio Sanabria (Torino), Angel Romero (Corinthians), Adam Bareiro (San Lorenzo), Ramon Sosa (Club Atletico Talleres)

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THE TECHNOLOGY

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Although foiling feels like a recent revolution to take the world of watersports by storm, it has been at the heart of America’s Cup racing for 10 years. It was August 2012 when the sailing world was turned upside down by a 72- foot catamaran flying in the Hauraki Gulf. Emirates Team New Zealand had brought foils to the America's Cup, changing the face of top-level yacht racing forever. Six years later, in 2018, the publication of the AC75 Class Rule marked the beginning of a new sailing era. The engineering and sailing techniques needed to get the AC75 to fly were completely different from anything seen before. During the 36th America's Cup in 2021 the AC75 proved themselves to be unique and kept millions of fans worldwide glued to their screens.

Therefore On the 15th of November 2021, eight months after Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the America's Cup, an updated 'Version 2' of the AC75 Class Rule was released. The foiling monohulls to be used in Barcelona in 2024, will be slightly different, with rules being tweaked partly to improve light wind performance and reduce crew numbers from 11 to 8. The move to reduce the crew means cycle power is again legalised, and the cyclors, introduced by Team New Zealand in 2017, might return in the game. But what's the technology behind the AC75?

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Therefore On the 15th of November 2021, eight months after Emirates Team New Zealand successfully defended the America's Cup, an updated 'Version 2' of the AC75 Class Rule was released. The foiling monohulls to be used in Barcelona in 2024, will be slightly different, with rules being tweaked partly to improve light wind performance and reduce crew numbers from 11 to 8. The move to reduce the crew means cycle power is again legalised, and the cyclors, introduced by Team New Zealand in 2017, might return in the game. But what's the technology behind the AC75? To start with, the AC75 is big - 75-feet long and 16-feet wide - but, it's also light, which is crucial, because the AC75 is designed to fly. It's also different - rather than a keel, a brand new concept keeps it standing. Foil Cant Arms move under, or outside, the boat to provide the leverage it needs to stay upright. Some parts of the boat are supplied - the mast, rigging, foil-cant arms and their hydraulics are all stock components. But, there are still plenty of areas that designers can experiment with to find a race-winning edge. The double-sail skin Mainsail combines with the D shaped mast to form a wing, generating the power the AC75 needs to foil. Underwater is where things get really interesting, the foil cant system is a battery-driven, hydraulic power-unit that supplies the energy to lift and lower the immensely strong - and heavy - foil cant arms. As the boat swaps tacks, the cant system is activated, placing one hydrofoil in the water, and lifting the other one out, where its weight becomes ballast. At the end of the arms lie the teams' secret weapons - the foil wings. Apart from basic rules governing dimensions and weight, these are open territory for designers. With the teams allowed to build only one AC75, will a lot change from what we have seen during the last Cup, or will the new monohulls resemble the winning Kiwi boat?

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54-knot winds severely deplete 2024 Round the Island Race fleet

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Extreme conditions severely depleted the fleet of the 2024 Round the Island Race, with hundreds of boats opting not to compete or retiring in 50-knot winds

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Competitors in today’s 2024 Round the Island Race , an annual 50-mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight, faced one of the most severe conditions in years with gusts of over 50 knots recorded at The Needles, the westernmost point of the course.

The Round the Island Race traditionally attracts one of the largest fleets of any yacht race, and this year saw 939 boats originally entered.

However, today’s extreme conditions have severely depleted both the number of starters and finishers, and just 153 yachts completed the race with 418 retiring.

First to complete the course was Irvine Laidlaw’s Gunboat 80 Highland Fling , which posted an impressive elapsed time of 3h 39m 5s.

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The Gunboat 80 Highland Fling was first multihull in the 2024 Round the Island Race Photo: Paul Wyeth/RTIR

Owner Irvine Laidlaw said: “It was the first event for us in 2024 and we’ve travelled over 3,000 miles from Palma to be here but it’s worth it! I thoroughly enjoyed the race – I like the fact we go around an island with the start and finish in the same place, it’s rather satisfying.”

Boat captain Xavier Mecoy added: “[The] Boat is only a year old and it’s the first time we’ve sailed her in a big breeze, we’ve never had 2 reefs in the main before, so that was pretty exciting and we spent quite a bit of time sailing bare-headed as it was safer. 

“We were charging around the course doing 30 knots of boat speed at times.”

First monohull around was the Cowes based TP52 Notorious , owned by Peter Morton, who finished more than 40 minutes ahead of the nearest monohull yacht in 4h 21m 20s.

Notorious also finished 1st overall in IRC on correcrted time, winning the coveted Gold Roman Bowl.

Peter Morton, owner and skipper of Notorious, said: “I’ve not had the boat that long but I’ve competed in Round the Island Race many times over the last 50 years in various boats I’ve owned.

“It’s one of the most famous yacht races in the World and we went out to try and win. It’s 40 years ago since I won it on a little 25ft boat called Odd Job , so today was very special for me.”

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Peter Morton’s TP52 Notorious took monohull line honours and 1st overall under IRC in the severe conditions of the 2024 Round the Island Race Photo: Paul Wyeth/RTIR

54 knots at the Needles

Despite a deceptively sunny start as the first fleets set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron at 0600, conditions quickly deteriorated to become even more extreme than many forecasts had suggested. The Needles Battery wind station (above the famous rock formation) recorded gusts of 54 knots from 0700 and a steady wind of 39-45 knots from the south-west. Competitors reported 35-40 knots going through Hurst Narrows.

This led to a severe sea state on the south of the island which saw many boats which had started choosing to turn back before the Needles. Fewer than 100 boats in the IRC and ISCRS fleets (the majority of monohulls) were recorded as rounding the Needles. 

Many of those retiring have reported sail damage, particularly torn mainsails. There was a collision off Yarmouth, and at least one man overboard incident, which was recovered swiftly. However, organisers report that there were just nine other incidents – fewer than in previous years. Local RNLI and Independent Lifeboat crews were on the water across the Solent and on the south of the island supporting the fleet throughout the day.

David Rolfe, skipper of the Sigma 33 Shadowfax was one boat whose race ended by the Needles. Shadowfax  was welcoming her new part owners aboard for their very first race on the boat.

“We started with a reef and our Number 2 [jib],” explained Rolfe. “It was, I would say deceptively – not calm, but quieter than forecast. When we came off the line, and if anything, it then dropped a little bit. As we headed down the Solent we even had a little bit of a talk about how we might set the spinnaker lines for when we’re on the south side of the island.

“Then a weather band that came in, a whole load of rain squalls, and that just changed mode completely. Suddenly we were in full on, probably 30-odd knots, gusting high 30s. It was a bit on and off through those squalls, some heavy rain, maybe even a little bit of hail in amongst it.

“The sea state was a bit rough, but not crazy. And then as we got towards Hurst, it went up another level. We could see it coming down the track towards us, and a few boats were really on their ear. One boat was definitely 45 degrees or more over, out of control, just pushed on its side by the wind. So we were battened down and gearing up for that.

“Then we got pushed right on our ear. We’d trimmed the main out. We’re trying to control it, but we were right on our side and going slowly, and almost sideways! I don’t know the wind strength, probably gusting into the 40s. And the sea was getting bigger and rougher with wind over tide really driving it pretty hard. So we decided we needed to go for a second reef, put that in. And after putting that in [we] tacked off to go into the full [tidal] stream through Hurst.

“That’s when we saw, unfortunately, we’d ripped our main, probably as we were reefing it. That was the end of the race for us. We bore away and hurtled back, surfing down these waves on our way back to Cowes.”

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The Needles recorded winds of 54 knots as the 2024 Round the Island Race fleet passed the landmark. Photo: Paul Wyeth/RTIR

2024 Round the Island fleets cancelled

The race typically attracts a large cohort of family and amateur crews, for many of whom this is the only race they may compete in all year. A building forecast over the preceding week had led many competitors to withdraw ahead of the race. 

The day before, organisers had also announced that eight classes would not start . Racing was cancelled for the Classic Racing Yacht (ISCRS), Diam 2 class, Gaffers under 23ft, J/70s, both divisions of Bridgedeck Multihulls, the smaller Grand Prix and MOCRA Multihulls, and the Sportsboat division.

Race safety officer Mark Southwell said on Friday 14 June, when making the announcement: “We will only cancel fleets where there is a significant chance that the majority of the fleet could get into difficulties and risk injury to the crew, a situation that could quickly overwhelm the support services. 

“For other fleets, with a wide range of crew experience and boat types, it is each skipper’s sole responsibility to evaluate the capability of their crew and the suitability of their boat to handle the expected conditions (including wind and sea state) and make the decision as to whether their boat should take part.”

Race Director, Dave Atkinson said in a statement from the organisers after the race: “This race was a challenge for both the competitors and the Race Team at the Island Sailing Club, with the safety and well-being of the crews being the main priority.”

“We would like to thank the RNLI, independent lifeboats and coastguard teams for their assistance and co-operation before and during the race on Saturday. Despite the challenging conditions we only had nine incidents connected to the race which is less than previous years, this shows the seamanship of the crews and the correct decision making that went into undertaking of the race.”

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Copa America

Copa America

Chile Copa America 2024 squad guide: Pessimism reigns for squad of fading veterans

Chile Copa America 2024 squad guide: Pessimism reigns for squad of fading veterans

Chile won the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, and some of the players from those triumphs will be representing their country in this summer’s tournament — but expectation levels are laced with brutal realism…

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The manager

Anyone who has kept even half an eye on South American football over the last decade will be more than familiar with Ricardo Gareca, the affable Argentine coach who looks like he might well moonlight in a prog rock band. Gareca memorably led Peru to the 2018 World Cup and then to second place at the Copa America a year later — two achievements that looked impressive at the time but stand out to an even greater degree given how Peru have struggled in the years since.

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Now Chile, who have been drifting since the glory days under Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli, will be hoping that he can do a similar job for them.

Gareca is generally relaxed in his approach but is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers, as he did in March, when he left old-timers Arturo Vidal , Gary Medel and Charles Aranguiz out of his first squad. Some expected them to be recalled for the Copa America, but they have not been. Some considered that to be sacrilege but the message came through loud and clear: Gareca intends to walk his own path.

Ricardo Gareca

On the pitch, Gareca usually favours a pragmatic 4-2-3-1 system, aiming to strike a balance between defence and attack. The madcap swarm-ball that made Chile such a thrilling proposition in the 2010s is no more, which will probably disappoint neutrals but seems wise given the resources available in 2024. Given recent results, too: Gareca’s arrival in January came after Chile picked up just five points from the first 18 available in World Cup qualifying — a shaky start whichever way you cut it but especially poor considering they have yet to play Brazil or Argentina .

The impact of the change was instantaneous. Gareca led Chile to a 3-0 win over Albania in his first game in charge. The performance in a 3-2 defeat against France four days later was arguably even more heartening. These are very early days but the man with two nicknames — Gareca goes by ‘The Tiger’ and ‘Slim’ — already looks set to add a few extra layers to his cult appeal.

The household name you haven’t heard of yet

After relying on the same core group of players for years, Chile have long been searching for signs of regeneration. The brightest hope in some time is Dario Osorio , an explosive, left-footed winger who loves to cut in from the right flank. He impressed in his first season with new Danish champions Midtjylland and did well in the France friendly, capping a sparky individual performance with a goal of real opportunism and quality in the dying minutes. Opposition defenders would do well not to underestimate him this summer.

Dario Osorio

Even with a few household names on the chopping-room floor, there is still vast experience in the playing squad. Claudio Bravo , Mauricio Isla , Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas have more than 550 caps between them, and were all key players when Chile won back-to-back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016. Throw in Erick Pulgar , who was also there in 2016, and you have an incredible amount of tournament know-how.

On a more tangible level, fans are quite excited by the partnership between Osorio and the evergreen Isla on the right side. Forwards Sanchez and Vargas, meanwhile, remain fairly reliable performers on the international scene despite their advancing years. They have 92 Chile goals between them.

Age may confer experience but the best sides in the world tend not to build around a core of players in their mid-thirties for a reason. Chile are no longer the physical force they once were and there is motive to doubt their ability to cope with younger, more energetic opponents, especially given the quick turnaround between games in a tournament.

Gareca’s selections suggest that he understands this, which is an advance on his predecessors, but the feeling in Chile is that this Copa America comes at a difficult moment: Gareca has started a process but has not had the time to properly shape the side in his image.

Alexis Sanchez, Chile

Thing you didn’t know

You will be aware that Ben Brereton Diaz, born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, became a Chile international in 2021. But you may not have realised just how big a deal he is in his adopted country.

The striker has appeared in countless television commercials. His face is plastered on billboards. He is even the star of an HBO documentary, in which he travels through some of Chile’s most beautiful landscapes. “He’s like a god here,” says Samuel Ferreiro, journalist at Chilean newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias.

What makes this a particularly remarkable turn of events is that Brereton Diaz still speaks barely a word of Spanish, despite his best efforts to learn. Gareca, indeed, left him out of his first squad in March, emphasising the importance of learning the language.

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Expectations back home

Despite the recent uptick in morale and a handy 3-0 win over Paraguay in their sole warm-up match, the overall mood is still one of pessimism. Chileans are well aware that Gareca inherited a creaking side and that slow, careful renewal is the name of the game. In that context, this Copa America is a bit of a free hit: if the Golden Generation come to the party, they can bow out with heads held high; if they don’t, Gareca will have even greater licence to press on with further changes.

The draw was no disaster (Chile are in Group A) but neither will the path to the second round be simple: Chile will expect to lose to Argentina and beat Peru, meaning the final game, against Canada , will be key.

Chile’s Copa America squad

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Betis), Brayan Cortes (Colo-Colo), Gabriel Arias (Racing)

Defenders: Matias Catalan (Talleres), Mauricio Isla (Independiente), Gabriel Suazo (Toulouse), Guillermo Maripan (Monaco), Paulo Diaz (River Plate), Igor Lichnovsky (Club America), Benjamin Kuscevic (Fortaleza), Thomas Galdames (Godoy Cruz), Nicolas Fernandez (Audax Italiano)

Midfielders: Erick Pulgar (Flamengo), Marcelino Nunez (Norwich City), Rodrigo Echeverria (Huracan), Cesar Perez (Union La Calera), Diego Valdes (Club America), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo)

Forwards: Ben Brereton Diaz (Villarreal), Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan), Dario Osorio (Midtjylland),  Eduardo Vargas (Atletico Mineiro), Victor Davila (CSKA Moscow), Marcos Bolados (Colo-Colo), Maximiliano Guerrero (Universidad de Chile)

(Artwork: John Bradford. Photos: Getty; Nicolas Tucat/AFP, MB Media)

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