Inaugural Women’s America’s Cup Trophy arrives in Barcelona

Women's America's Cup Trophy.

The inaugural Women’s America’s Cup trophy has been presented in Barcelona.

The Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola was commissioned to design and shape the trophy the Women’s America’s Cup winning team will receive on 13 October 2024. For this, Urquiola has used “a simple, geometric figure, like a cylinder, without decorative elements or a base, which at one point opens up like a large sail struck by the wind”.

The trophy is silver, with a rose gold effect on the interior. The finishing has been done by means of exhaustive chiselling in the widest part of the cylinder. Unlike the original America’s Cup trophy — designed by Edmund Cotterill and crafted by Robert Garrard in 1848 — the Women’s America’s Cup lacks handles so that “the winning team can embrace it in its full form”, according to the designer.

Event sponsor Puig revealed the trophy during a presentation held at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.

The presentation was attended by Grant Dalton, CEO America's Cup Event; Marc Puig, Executive Chairman of Puig; Abby Ehler, offshore sailor and Puig Women's America's Cup Event Co-Ordinator; Silvia Mas, sailing team member of Sail Team BCN, the Spanish entrant, and Patricia Urquiola.
The presentation was attended by Grant Dalton, Marc Puig, Abby Ehler, Silvia Mas and Patricia Urquiola.

The design of the logo that will be the identity of the Puig Women’s America’s Cup was also unveiled with the presentation attended by Grant Dalton, CEO of the America’s Cup; Marc Puig, executive chairman of Puig; Abby Ehler, offshore sailor and Puig Women’s America’s Cup event co-ordinator; Silvia Mas, sailing team member of Sail Team BCN, the Spanish entrant; and Patricia Urquiola.

The inaugural Women’s America’s Cup will be held in Barcelona from 5 to 13 October 2024 as part of the 37th America’s Cup.

Joining the six established official participants representing New Zealand, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, the United States and France are six new teams from Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Australia.

“The Puig Women’s America’s Cup is the most exciting initiative that I’ve seen for female participation in sailing in my career,” says Abby Ehler, offshore sailor and Women’s America’s Cup event coordinator.

“This will strengthen the pool of sailors aiming to make it to an elite level and support those pursuing technical shoreside roles as well as providing a platform and opportunity for female sailors globally and creating more high-profile role models that will inspire young girls at the grassroots of our sport.”

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