12 December 2023
The recently concluded America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta in Jeddah has seen the dynamism, reputation, and unparalleled performance of the AC40 confirm the vessel, crafted by Emirates Team New Zealand and produced by McConaghy Boats, as the world’s fastest and most exciting one-design yacht.
For Emirates Team New Zealand, a pivotal force within the newly established AC40 Class Association, this event served as a critical juncture to solidify the foundations of the AC40 Class.
Following constructive discussions with teams and potential private owners in recent weeks, the AC40 Class Association is now able to disclose key features central to its developmental plans.
The AC40 Class Association will be governed by a Council of AC40 owners and a Committee comprising three new owner members, alongside one representative from each of McConaghy Boats and Emirates Team New Zealand.
The Association will oversee the curation of AC40 events where private owners and professional sport teams, can compete on equal terms. Comprehensive boatyard services will also support new teams whilst training and racing. In essence, the primary mandate is to promote, safeguard, and enhance the AC40 Class Yachts while facilitating effective communication with owners.
The AC40 Class Association Committee will also include Luca Rizzotti as Class Manager.
“There are no yachts or class events for private owners more exciting than the AC40 Class Association circuit, a cradle for new owners, professional teams and America’s Cup partners. With the rules of engagement now confirmed, we believe we have struck the right balance within the AC40 Class Association to really level the playing field.
Sam Pearson, AC40 Sales Manager at Ancasta emphasised, “The objective with the AC40 Class Association is to maximise the incredible opportunity that has been presented to the private owners’ racing sector, in the shape of the AC40 yacht.
“Never before have such passionate, competitive, thrill-seeking owners been able to purchase a yacht of this nature. With the AC40 Class Association now established, the future is incredibly exciting.”
At the conclusion of the Jeddah stage, Emirates Team New Zealand Chief Technical Officer Dan Bernasconi said, “It’s fantastic recognition for the designers and the Team to win the World Sailing Boat of the Year Award last month: the perfect springboard to launch the America’s Cup careers of the youth and Puig Women’s America’s Cup sailors, as well as the private owners’ class.
“Everyone wants to go foiling now and this is the perfect new class that will exist beyond the America’s Cup.”
Commencing in 2025, the AC40 Class Association will extend shore support and maintenance to all members, including expertise in electronics, mechatronics and hydraulics.