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...
Douglas Innes, the 43-year-old director of British yacht management company Read more...
The M/Y Tivoli, a 95-foot (29m) Turquoise expedition yacht launched Read more...
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added the Buffalo (New Read more...
NBC Sports Group plans to show coverage of the Fort Read more...
An Indonesian court has ruled that the seizure of M/Y 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.

Editor’s Picks

MYBA18: Day 3 busy with seminars, contests, yacht hops

MYBA18: Day 3 busy with seminars, contests, yacht hops

Day three of the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona started with chamois and setup followed by an early seminar on emergency care where …

MYBA18: Crew keep those charter smiles bright

MYBA18: Crew keep those charter smiles bright

Crew start early each day to present their yacht’s best. About 50 yachts are on display at OneOcean Port Vell marina. Crew clean, …

Latest news in the brokerage fleet: New Tankoa, Palumbo sold; New Admiral listed

Latest news in the brokerage fleet: New Tankoa, Palumbo sold; New Admiral listed

Yachts sold S502 Elettra, a 164-foot (50m) Tankoa aluminum hybrid-propulsion motor yacht with a launch date of February 2019, sold to a …

MYBA18: Charter show opens in Barcelona

MYBA18: Charter show opens in Barcelona

The 30th edition of the MYBA Charter Show is underway in Barcelona. Crew showed off their ship-shape yachts in preparation of the upcoming …