Thursday, 12 December 2013

35th America's Cup, nationality clause liable to be introduced for future events

From the following article on livesaildie:

Russell Coutts has hinted it is likely a nationality clause will be reintroduced for the next America’s Cup.

Now the dust has settled on the 34th Cup match in San Francisco this year, discussions are well underway between Oracle Racing and challenger of record Team Australia, representing the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, over what shape the next event will take.

And it appears there is a lot of support for stronger nationality rules in the next event.
The nationality clause was abolished following Team New Zealand’s successful Cup defence in 2000, which paved the way for Coutts to link up with Swiss syndicate Alinghi, headed by billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli. The move prompted a huge furore both in New Zealand and in the international sailing community, and since then the nationality debate has remained contentious in the sport.

In this year’s event the only stipulation was that the hulls of the boats had to be constructed in the nation of the team’s origin, but there was no nationality restriction on sailors involved.

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