US SAILING to Draft Multihull Rule for 34th America’s Cup
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (September 15, 2010) – Competition details for the 34th America’s Cup were announced during Monday’s press conference in Valencia, Spain. The extremely fast AC72 wingsail America’s Cup catamaran has been tagged as the chosen boat for the 2013 race. US SAILING, in partnership with Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, is the neutral party responsible for managing the development of the multihull rule.
To ensure that no team would have an unfair advantage by creating the rule, US SAILING was approached by the BMW ORACLE Racing Team to provide oversight of the rule drafting process. Pete Melvin, a two-time A Class catamaran world champion, has independently drafted a rule for the race. The final AC72 rule, including details on measurement instructions, materials used, wing definitions, scantlings, and other requirements, will be specified by September 30, 2010.
“In the upcoming weeks, the team at Morrelli and Melvin will be polishing the rule and coming up with details,” said offshore director of US SAILING, Dan Nowlan. “US SAILING is really proud to be part of this effort and supporting them, and the 34th America’s Cup. It’s going to be interesting, so stay tuned.”