America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta
The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta – which last took place in Bermuda in 2017 – is among the most hotly anticipated yachting events in the world. A famous yachting regatta with an almost mythical reputation, the America’s Cup is a highlight of the international yachting calendar. Held in different destinations each time, each edition of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta sees a defending yacht go up against a challenger vessel for the iconic trophy. The defending team has the freedom to choose the rules for the next competition, along with the type of yachts used, the location, and the date.
A Historic Yachting Regatta
Affectionately known to some as the Auld Mug, the America’s Cup trophy is the oldest award in sporting history. The very first edition of the America’s Cup was contested in 1851, when an American businessman sailed a large schooner vessel across the Atlantic to race against a British yacht around the Isle of Wight. Nowadays, the race is very different: cutting-edge yachts compete, and hundreds of millions of pounds are spent on developing yachting technology for the occasion. To date, a British team is yet to win the competition, while American teams have won the America’s Cup a total of 28 times.
When is the Next Edition of the America’s Cup?
Presented by Prada, the next edition of the yachting regatta will take place in New Zealand from 6th March to 21st March 2021. The current defending champions, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, will see off the challenge of the Prada Cup winners (to be determined between January and March, 2021) in the 27th edition of the regatta.
Who will Compete for the America’s Cup in 2021?
Currently, six challenger yachts are confirmed for the next regatta: Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron will see off the joint Royal Netherlands Yacht Club Muiden and Royal Maas Yacht Club, Luna Rossa (Italy), American Magic (USA), INEOS Team UK (UK), Malta Altus Challenge (MLT), and Stars & Stripes Team USA (USA).