36th Americas Cup Race Officials Announced
The Defender and Challenger of Record organizations for the America's Cup presented by Prada have announced the specialist race management, rules and measurement teams chosen for the competition's 36th edition taking place in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021.
America's Cup stalwart John Craig (CAN) has been named as Regatta Director and will be in ultimate charge of all racing activity, including in 2020 the America's Cup World Series events and the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, and the America's Cup Match in 2021.
Highly experienced rules expert Richard Slater (AUS) has been chosen as Chief Umpire and as such oversees a hand-picked team of umpires responsible for ensuring fair racing at all America's Cup events.
AC75 Class Rule Committee
A dedicated committee of rules experts has been introduced for this latest edition of the America's Cup to provide the competing teams with official interpretations on the AC75 Class Rule as they each design and build their revolutionary foiling monohull yachts.
The AC75 Class Rule Committee is made up of internationally-renowned sailing experts Stan Honey (USA), Carlos de Beltràn (ESP) and Hasso Hoffmeister (GER) and has already been active for the last year responding to the teams' requests for specific clarification of the Class Rule.
The Measurement Committee is responsible for conducting all measurement-related checks of the teams' AC75 foiling monohull yachts – which are expected to be launched over the coming months – and for issuing AC75 Class certificates.
Shaun Ritson (AUS) is the coordinator of the Measurement Committee, with the supporting expertise of Daniel Jowett (NZL) and David McCollough (USA).
Commenting on the appointments, Russell Green, rules and legal advisor for the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, was instrumental in bringing the race officials together for the 36th America's Cup.
"We are fortunate to have secured the services of such well respected international officials with established reputations at the top level of our sport including previous experience in the America's Cup," Green commented.
Matteo Plazzi – Technical Director at the Challenger of Record America's Cup 36 – the organisation responsible for running the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series and the America's Cup World Series – said each of the appointees: "brought a wealth of experience and integrity to the 36th edition of the America's Cup".
"Their appointments reinforce our commitment as Challenger of Record to fair competition and exceptional racing for the Challenging teams in the events we are organising in 2020 and 2021, as well as in the America's Cup Match," Plazzi said.