Less than two weeks after being named Commercial Commissioner for the America’s Cup, Harvey Schiller announced that all six teams have committed to continue to race foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.
“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”
This will finally give some degree of continuity from the current America’s Cup cycle to the next. If the teams have agreed to continuing the America’s Cup World Series in foiling AC45’s it implies that all teams will agree to race the 2021 (?) America’s Cup in foiling wing sail catamarans. Whether the agreement holds or not remains to be seen, but at least we now have a glimmer of the continuity that has been hoped for in the past.