The 36th America’s Cup is the upcoming edition of the America’s Cup yacht race. It will be contested between Te Rehutai, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand on behalf of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and the winner of the 2021 Prada Cup. Both Te Rehutai and the challenger will be AC75 high performance class of hydrofoil monohull – with speeds up to 50 knots expected.
The “Defending Club” is the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who are responsible for organizing the America’s Cup match itself with veteran Iain Murray again serving as race director.
how to watch 36 America’s Cup 2021 challenger selection series
Catch the wind in your sails and watch all the sailing action on Kayo Sports . If you’re a sailing fan and have been in the doldrums lately due to the lack of competitive sailing, then batten down the hatches as the America’s Cup series is in sight. We missed out on the Sydney to Hobart race in December, but the Prada Cup – the selection series for the prestigious America’s Cup – is now underway in New Zealand, with a capsized boat already causing a storm.
2021 America Cup Prada Broadcasting
- Australia: Fox Sports
- Italy: RAI and Sky Italia
- Malaysia: Astro
- New Zealand: TVNZ
- South Korea: SBS Korea
- United Kingdom: BBC and Sky Sports UK and Ireland
- United States: NBC Sports Network
Every Match and race of the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook and pradaamericascup.com in almost every country around the world.
We’re bringing you all the action on and off the water, with exclusive coverage of the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA. Including the PRADA America’s Cup World Series PRADA Cup and the main event where Emirates Team New Zealand will take on a new challenger to defend the world’s oldest sporting trophy.
America’s Prada Cup Scheduling
The event will take place between 6 and 21 March 2021.
Entries for challengers opened on 1 January 2018 and closed on 30 June 2018 with late entries accepted until 30 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.
Prior to Emirates Team New Zealand winning the 35th 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 36th America’s Cup in 2019 and the 37th in 2021 with the existing 35th 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 defense for 2021 with a brand new format and class.
On 1 July 2019, the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeil- & Roeivereeniging announced that it is also withdrawing as a challenger, whereas the Long Beach Yacht Club confirmed their ongoing commitment.
On 9 December 2020, Stars & Stripes (Long Beach Yacht Club) withdrew from the competition.
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The Cup will be sailed in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf on the east coast of the North Island in Auckland City’s Waitemata Harbor as the venue. 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
The Americas Cup Qualifying event
The 2021 Prada Cup, to be held in Auckland between January 15 to February 22, 2021, will be used as the competition to determine the official challenger. It will be a quadruple Round-robin tournament, to determine a seeding. 2nd and 3rd seeds will then compete in a best of seven series to advance to a best of 13 final series against the 1st seed. The winner of that final series will become the official challenger for the America’s Cup and compete against defender Team New Zealand.
The America’s Cup will be a best of 13 race series. Races will be held from 6-15 March, 2021, with two races per day on the 6th, 7th, 10th, and each day from the 12th to the 15th and with additional “reserve days” available if poor weather necessitates
How to watch 36 Americas Cup Prada stream
The Herald will have Americas Cup Prada live stream updates on nzherald.co.nz/sport while you can listen to live commentary on Gold AM and iHeartRadio.
America’s Cup coverage is free-to-air on TVNZ. You can also stream the action live or on-demand on TVNZ.co.nz or on the America’s Cup YouTube channel. If you’re in Auckland you can also head down to the America’s Cup Race Village at the Viaduct Marina where there will be a stage and big screens to watch the action. The village operates from 10am to 8pm on race days and can be accessed through the main entrance at the beginning of Hobson Wharf.
There are also many options to view the action americas cup challengers live around Auckland’s waterfront. Here are the best spots to watch the action.
Race officials will determine which course will be used on each racing day.