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Prada Cup Race Conditions

The Challenger of Record’s notice of race outlines the format of racing for the Challenger sail-off to determine the 36th America’s Cup Challenger.

July 17, 2020
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Luna Rossa Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team

“To win the America’s Cup, you first have to win the Prada Cup,” says the 36th America’s Cup Challenger of Record. Easier said than done, of course, as Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli must do the same as the New York YC’s American Magic and Ineos Team UK, before facing Emirates Team New Zealand in the real-deal sail off for the Auld Mug.

The Prada Cup will consist of four round robins three races each; a seven-race semi-final and a 13-race final between the two leading teams. Each win scores 1 point. The Challenger with the highest score at the end of the round robins advances to the Prada Cup Final; the remaining two teams will race again in the semi-final and the first to win four races enters the final. The first team to score 7 points in the final wins the Prada Cup and will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, in the Match of the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

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The new winged silver trophy of the Prada Cup goes to the winner of the month-and-half-long Challenger series, who then goes on to face Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand. Circolo della Vela Sicilia

PRADA CUP 2021 SCHEDULE

ELIGIBILITY and MEASUREMENT

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Competitors Declaration of its Yacht Configuration

Wednesday 13 January 1500 hours Round Robin Stage Declaration 1
Wednesday 20 January 1500 hours Round Robin Stage Declaration 2
Wednesday 27 January 1500 hours Semi-Final Stage Declaration 3
Monday 08 February 1600 hours Prada Cup Final Stage Declaration 4

A final schedule for the weighing of crew shall be published by the Rules Committee under Class Rule 34.1 on or before 15 July 2020.

RACING

Friday 15 January Round Robin 1: Race # 1, Race # 2 1500 hours *
Saturday 16 January Round Robin 1: Race # 3 1500 hours *
Round Robin 2: Race # 1
Sunday 17 January Round Robin 2: Race # 2, Race # 3 1500 hours *
Monday 18 January Reserve Day
Tuesday 19 January Reserve Day
Friday 22 January Round Robin 3: Race # 1, Race # 2 1500 hours *
Saturday 23 January Round Robin 3: Race # 3 1500 hours *
Round Robin 4: Race # 1
Sunday 24 January Round Robin 4: Race # 2, Race # 3 1500 hours *
Monday 25 January Reserve Day
Tuesday 26 January Reserve Day
Friday 29 January Semi-Final: Race # 1, Race # 2 1500 hours *
Saturday 30 January Semi-Final: Race # 3, Race # 4 1500 hours *
Sunday 31 January Semi-Final: Race # 5, Race # 6 1500 hours *
Tuesday 02 February Semi-Final: Race # 7 1500 hours *
Wednesday 03 February Reserve Day
Thursday 04 February Reserve Day
Saturday 13 February Final: Race # 1, Race # 2 1600 hours *
Sunday 14 February Final: Race # 3, Race # 4 1600 hours *
Tuesday 16 February Reserve Day
Wednesday 17 February Final: Race # 5, Race # 6 1600 hours *
Thursday 18 February Reserve Day
Friday 19 February ** Final: Race # 7, Race # 8 1600 hours *
Saturday 20 February Final: Race # 9, Race # 10 1600 hours *
Sunday 21 February Final: Race # 11, Race # 12 1600 hours *

* second race of the day (if any) will be started as soon as possible after completion of the first, but not earlier than 20 minutes.

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** Friday 19 February will not be used as a Race Day if the Regatta Director (after consultation with the Competitors) considers racing is not required that day to meet the intended objective of completing the Prada Cup Final over the weekend of 20/21 February 2021. He may also elect to only conduct one race that day.

Notes on Reserve Days

Tuesday 16 February May be used as a Race Day if the Regatta Director so decides (after consultation with the Competitors) due to the Stage being behind schedule after the first two Race Days on 13 and 14 February.

Monday 22 February to If the Prada Cup Final is not completed prior to 22 February Wednesday 24 February then racing will continue every day until completion or until the (included) end of the last Race Day 24 February.

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