The Triton

News

NYYC, Hutchinson returning to America’s Cup

ADVERTISEMENT

The New York Yacht Club has announced that it will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup in early 2021. The club, which held the trophy from 1851 until 1983 in what is considered the longest winning streak in sports, last backed a challenge in 2002-03 with Team Dennis Conner.

“The America’s Cup has always remained close to the heart of the New York Yacht Club, even in the years where we didn’t participate as a challenger or defender,” Commodore Philip A. Lotz, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, stated. “For this cycle, a lot of elements have come together in the correct way for the Club to enter another challenge.”

The NYYC will be represented by Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association, led by John J. “Hap” Fauth of Naples, Florida, a three-time world champion in the Maxi72 Class; and Doug DeVos of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the president of Amway and brother-in-law of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. DeVos and the Quantum Racing program have had overall wins on the 52 Super Series circuit, and its predecessor, the MedCup, in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

CEO and skipper will be America’s Cup veteran and two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson, of Annapolis, Maryland. Like Fauth, Hutchinson is a longtime New York Yacht Club member.  

Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record, Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge, recently announced  that the America’s Cup will go back to monohulls after the last two editions were sailed in foiling catamarans. Concepts for the AC75 Class will be released Nov. 30 and the class rule will be published March 31. Even though entries won’t officially open until Jan. 1, there are many pivotal decisions ahead for the team.

“The decisions we make over the next six months will play a significant role in determining the ultimate success of our campaign,” said Hutchinson, who sailed as tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2007 America’s Cup match, the last to be contested in monohulls. “The early support of Hap, Doug and the New York Yacht Club puts us in a very strong position. But we can’t take anything for granted. The race for the 36th America’s Cup has already begun.”

Related Posts...
Full members of the Professional Yachting Association are now eligible Read more...
The 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has some Read more...
Charter yacht owner Laurent Marc-Antoine Jean Maubert-Cayla was arrested in Read more...
American Flag Americans who own yachts Read more...
Capt. John Burgess, of Fort Lauderdale, was found dead after Read more...

Share This Post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Charter yacht owner charged in death

Charter yacht owner Laurent Marc-Antoine Jean Maubert-Cayla was arrested in August in relation to the death of a guest on board his yacht, …

Large yachts can now carry US flag

Large yachts can now carry US flag

Americans who own yachts larger than 300 GT can now flag them in the U.S., thanks to an amendment included on a bill signed Aug. 13 by …

Boats and brokers in the news: Lady Sara goes to auction

Boats and brokers in the news: Lady Sara goes to auction

M/Y Lady Sara, a 187-foot Trinity Motor Yacht, will be auctioned for sale by the U.S. Marshal on Sept. 6 in Fort Lauderdale at 12:00 …

Popular yacht crew ‘dive bar’ to close after 23 years

Popular yacht crew ‘dive bar’ to close after 23 years

By Dorie Cox Jeff Rudd looked for a place to move his “dive bar”. But, realistically, he cannot. He has run the The Treasure Trove, …