America’s Cup Race Management released today the new race calendar for July. Remember that the safety recommendations called for dropping two rounds robin to give teams more time for maintenance. Artemis has announced they plan to launch their new AC72 during July.
“Learning that Artemis Racing is focused on getting to the start line is truly great news,” Barclay said. “I don’t think we can expect them to be ready for the first races but I’m certain the America’s Cup community will support them in every way possible.”
How to understand the calendar
ACRM has scheduled five rounds robin. It’s virtually certain that Artemis will not race in the first three, so they would be scored “DNC” (did not come) on dates marked with a red “X.” The point would be awarded to the other team. We hope Artemis will be ready to race in the last two rounds robin, but if they are not, the races on dates marked with red “?” will also not be run. That would leave only five days of racing in July – Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa would race each other on those five days.
Oracle Team USA will run training races with their two boats, so we will see more than five races. You can download the full calendar from ACRM here.
How to understand the Louis Vuitton Cup
Artemis can chose not to race until the semi-finals in August. No one will be eliminated until the end of the semi-final. Even in the original schedule, the rounds robin did not count for much – just the seeding for the semi-finals. With only three teams, the top team from the round robin phase can chose to go straight to the LVC final while the other two teams race in the “best of seven” semi-finals.
By the way, I was pretty close
Two weeks ago, when we learned that two rounds robin would be dropped, I took a guess at what the new calendar would look like. See my guess and my reasoning here.