As the early leader – MAPFRE – led the Volvo Ocean Race entries out of Melbourne, so the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) began accepting challenge entries for the 36th America’s Cup to be held in early 2021.
Entries will be submitted per the terms of the America’s Cup Deed of Gift and the Protocol, with additional instructions issued December 17, 2017.
As the RNZYS is closed for business between the 25th of December 2017 and the 15th of January 2018, any yacht clubs submitting an entry between the 1st and the 15th of January 2018 will have their entry examined the week commencing the 15th of January 2018 in the order of their receipt.
After completing the entry, RNZYS shall then advise on the acceptance or refusal of the entry and shall also make a public announcement of acceptance after first consulting with the challenging yacht club and the Challenger of Record on the timing of that announcement.
The entry period will close 30th June 2018 though late entries are accepted up until 31st December 2018 (with an additional late entry fee).
✔ September 28, 2017: 36th America’s Cup Protocol released
✔ November 30, 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
✔ January 1, 2018: Entries for Challengers open
March 31, 2018: AC75 Class Rule published
June 30, 2018: Entries for Challengers close
August 31, 2018: Location of the America’s Cup Match and The PRADA Cup confirmed
August 31, 2018: Specific race course area confirmed
December 31, 2018: Late entries deadline
March 31, 2019: Boat 1 can be launched
2nd half of 2019: 2 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
February 1, 2020: Boat 2 can be launched
During 2020: 3 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
December 10-20, 2020: America’s Cup Christmas Race
January and February 2021: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
March 2021: The America’s Cup Match