The 36th America’s Cup is the current edition of the America’s Cup yacht race. It will be contested in Waitematā Harbour of Auckland between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia of Italy. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s boat is Te Rehutai, owned and sailed by the Emirates Team New Zealand syndicate. Circolo della Vela Sicilia’s boat is Luna Rossa, owned and sailed by the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli syndicate. Both boats are AC75 class high-performance foiling monohulls, a class designed specifically for this competition.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is the Defending Club, having won the proceeding 35th America’s Cup in 2017, and is therefore responsible for organising and hosting the current event. The Challenging Club is Circolo della Vela Sicilia whose team won the selection series – the 2021 Prada Cup – and was also the Challenger of Record, having been the first yacht club to make a valid challenge under the Deed of Gift of the America’s Cup after Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won the 35th America’s Cup.
The 36th America’s Cup will be raced under rules agreed between the Defending Club and the Challenging Club within the legal framework of the America’s Cup Deed of Gift. The club whose boat is first to win seven races will win the cup and become the Defending Club, host and organiser of the37th America’s Cup, after receiving a valid challenge from a yacht club from another country that meets the conditions of the deed.
The Cup will be sailed in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, on the east coast of the North Island, outside of21 Auckland City’s Waitematā Harbour as the venue.2223 Italy has been announced as the backup venue
The Cup will be sailed in AC75s, 75 foot foiling monohulls. The boats are expected to have requirements around the boats being “constructed in country. Teams are allowed to build two boats each.
Twenty percent of sailors in each team must have passports from that country. The rest must meet a residency requirement: they must reside in that team’s country for 380 days from 1 September 2018 to 1 September 2020.
The event will take place between 6 and 21 March 2021. Iain Murray is the race director.
Entries for challengers opened on 1 January 2018 and closed on 0 June 2018 with late entries accepted until 0 November 2018. Heats for challengers and the defender, known as World Series, will be held in 2020 in the brand new AC75 class. Challenger selection series will be held in January and February 2021 with the America’s Cup match against the defender in March.4
Prior to Emirates Team New Zealand winning the 5th America’s Cup in 2017, Oracle the defender at the time and four of the five challengers had signed a framework that would have seen the 6th America’s Cup in 2019 and the 7th in 2021, with the existing 5th Cup class boats, the AC50s, and a pre-selection America’s Cup World Series tournament with the same boats. Team New Zealand, the eventual champion, had opted to not sign the framework agreement, and were not bound by its terms, freeing them to set their defence for 2021 with a brand new format and class.