America' Cup First Entrants Meet to Agree Strategy
On Tuesday, the 35th America's Cup first entrants round-table meeting was held in London to discuss how all teams would contribute to delivering a successful event, and also the strategy to continue the America’s Cup legacy after 2017.
We recently wrote about the growing uncertainty surrounding the 35th America’s Cup following four teams confirming their participation, Team Australia's exit and Team New Zealand’s hesitation to commit.
The meeting was described as “positive” with the following points being agreed by all present parties:
- More frequent meetings, involving all participating teams, to collectively discuss issues and pool resources.
- Commitment for each team to host an America’s Cup World Series event in their own country, or a country of their choice.
- The winning team would have to continue with future America’s Cup World Series’.
- Reducing the 2017 and future Cup’s costs as a priority.
- Backing the decision for the host venue, whether it be Bermuda or San Diego.
- Commitment to assist in the preparation for the 36th America’s Cup.
Given Team New Zealand’s absence from the meeting, this initial assembly appears to escaped predicted
controversy. However, rumours have begun to surface that Luna Rossa (ITA), Artemis Racing (SWE), Team France (FRA) and Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) may withhold their money to force changes to the event’s Protocol and host venue choices.
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Image Credit: Marcello Treglia
Article by Jack Bartrop