Sailing: Opening invitations issued for first Women's and Youth America's Cups

  • 03/02/2023
Great Britain won the last Youth America's Cup in 2017.
Great Britain won the last Youth America's Cup in 2017. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Women's and Youth America's Cup line-ups are starting to take shape for next year's regattas in Barcelona.

In addition to the six entries for the man America's Cup (including Team New Zealand), organisers have offered six remaining places in each event.

Three teams have already registered their interest for those spots and have received official invitations to compete.

Those entries are the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club of Canada with AC40 Team Canada as their team, a joint entry from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club and the Royal Maas Yacht Club of the Netherlands with their team DutchSail, and the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona of Spain, the host country of AC37, with Sail Team BCN.

That will leave three available slots in both the Youth America's Cup and the Women's America's. Further invitations will be issued once an analysis of the remaining Expressions of Interest is complete.

"These two events are going to be a festival of sailing for the finest female and youth sailors on the planet, and I've been delighted with the response to the Notice of Race, with a lot of very interesting teams from emerging nations forming all around the world," said America's Cup chief executive Grant Dalton.  

"Now it's a case of securing the slot and encouraging the new breed of foiling talent to put it on the line in Barcelona and show the world what they've got. 

"The profile will be considerable and I can certainly feel the enthusiasm that's building around these events."

Both regattas will feature a mixture of fleet and match racing in the cookie-cutter AC40 boats.

There will be three fleet races a day for three days and then the top three teams in each qualify for a four-race series amongst the top six teams to decide the top two. 

These successful teams will then go head-to-head in a classic match-race, one-on-one fashion to decide the outright winner of each event.  

Great Britain are the current holders of the Youth America's Cup, after their win in Bermuda in 2017. Team New Zealand won the inaugural competition in 2013. 

The competition wasn't held in New Zealand in 2021 due to COVID-19.