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Exciting future for new sailing class

The new AC40 class association has announced its developmental plans which it says will help grow the class.

The foiling one-design AC40 yacht, produced by McConaghy Boats, was developed by Emirates Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup Preliminary Regatta.

The Association will oversee the curation of AC40 events where private owners and professional sport teams, can compete on equal terms and boatyard services will support new teams while training and racing.

Beginning in 2025, the Association will extend shore support and maintenance to all members, including expertise in electronics, mechatronics and hydraulics.

The governance rules will set a racing wind limit for the first year of 18kts with flight control system parameters adjusted according to regatta conditions to limit flying heights and maximise safety.

The AC40 Association will oversee the curation of AC40 events where private owners and professional sport teams, can compete on equal terms, photo courtesy America's Cup : AC37 Event Limited
The AC40 Association will oversee the curation of AC40 events where private owners and professional sport teams, can compete on equal terms, photo courtesy America’s Cup : AC37 Event Limited

The rules will also set out the numbers of America’s Cup team members allowed to take part in the racing.

It is anticipated that there will be five worldwide events taking place in 2025 with potential for an additional European or World Championship regatta. More than ten locations have already expressed interest in hosting an event.

“There are no yachts or class events for private owners more exciting than the AC40 Class Association circuit, a cradle for new owners, professional teams and America’s Cup partners. With the rules of engagement now confirmed, we believe we have struck the right balance within the AC40 Class Association to really level the playing field,” said class manager Luca Rizzotti.

Sam Pearson, AC40 sales manager at Ancasta, added: “Never before have such passionate, competitive, thrill-seeking owners been able to purchase a yacht of this nature.

“With the AC40 Class Association now established, the future is incredibly exciting.”

The AC40 was recently sailed in the latest America’s Cup regatta held in Jeddah.

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