If you haven’t seen in the news yet, the next America’s Cup race will be monohulls in 2021. Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge announced the rules for the next edition of the event, in 2021.
That competition will be a very different America’s Cup than the last three, which all involved multihull yachts and featured Larry Ellison, the American software mogul, setting the agenda by the force of his personality and his wallet.
The Cup in 2021 will return to monohulls, the boats with deep keels that were part of every America’s Cup from 1851 to 2007 and are still the main ride for the Sunday sailor.
The next Cup also will re-emphasize the idea of national teams by instituting new requirements, although not to the degree expected. Above all, the rules for 2021 will re-establish the clear distinction between the defender of the oldest major trophy in global sports and its challengers.
Initial concept details of the design to be used will be announced on November 30, but the full class rule will not be published until March 31, 2018. Most Cup followers believe it will be sport foils.
Hardcore sailing fans found the catamaran racing unexciting and will be pleased to see a return to lots of close action and crew running around hoisting and handling sails.
But it does not necessarily mean an end to grinders powering hydraulics and, intriguingly, the new protocol specifically allows so-called cyclors, or cycle grinders.
The new design is slightly bigger than the active 70ft Mini Maxi class, and could appeal to existing teams and new owners from this field. It would be large enough to look exciting and be fast.