America’s Cup: Battle of the Classes

From the mighty J Class to the AC 50, everyone has a favorite America’s Cup class. It’s time to find out which one is the ultimate sailing machine.
America’s Cup: Battle of the Classes

Sailing World wants to know what the ultimate America’s Cup class is. Was it the mighty J Class? The high-flying AC 72? The true classics of the NYYC class? You tell us! Read up on the iconic classes that have carried the Cup through 166 years, then follow along and cast your vote on the Sailing World Facebook page as we pit the classes head to head throughout the 35th America’s Cup!

How it works Brush up on your America’s Cup history, then read about each of the classes featured in our America’s Cup Class showdown.

Throughout the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, we will pit some of the most iconic classes from the history of the sport head-to-head on the Sailing World Facebook page. Check out the photos, cast your vote, and let us know why your favorite class is the best! Don’t forget to check back for other class showdowns, all the way to the final, where you will decide what the ultimate America’s Cup class rule is!


Here’s what will be going head to head in the battle for first class:

Round 1


Seawanhaka Rule vs New York Yacht Club Rule

Old School Cool
sailboat with gold sails

Stars & Stripes vs New Zealand

Cats & DOGs

J Class Universal Rule vs AC 50 (2017)

Battle for Bermuda
sailboats racing

AC 72 (2013) vs Golden Gate Challenge (2010)

Monster Multihulls Gilles Martin-Raget

Round 2

fly emirates sailboat
The First Foilers vs The Big Dog