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AC37 Rules Committee selected

A trio of highly qualified members will be in charge of maintaining rules and regulations of all race yachts for the 37th America’s Cup.

08 June 2022

Mark Ellis from the UK, Marc Wintermantel from Switzerland and Stan Honey from the US will make up the Rules Committee for the 37th America’s Cup.

According to the Protocol of the 37th America’s Cup, the role of the Rules Committee is to be exclusively responsible for the interpretation of the AC75 and AC40 Class Rules and their rulings are final.

The Rules Committee is also responsible for the determination of whether any yacht constitutes a Surrogate Yacht, based on information provided by the Measurement Committee; and to resolve any other matter for which it is given jurisdiction under the Protocol and/or the Class Rules.

They are not responsible for the actual measurement of the yachts; this is the role of the Measurement Committee, whose work will commence later.

Mark Ellis has recently retired from F1 following a lifelong career in motorsport, culminating in a decade of World championships with Red Bull and latterly as Performance Director at MercedesF1, overseeing the performance programs, development of simulation technologies, control systems and vehicle dynamics.

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Since retiring from F1, mark has acted as a consultant for a diverse array of industries such as F1, hyper-car constructors and Olympic track cycling.

Marc Wintermantel, who holds a Masters and PhD degree in quantum electronics and computational physics, will join Ellis on the Rules Committee.

He’s currently working as a corporate fellow at ANSYS, a market leader for CAE/multiphysics simulation software. He is an expert in structural engineering with a focus on numerical composite material analysis.

Wintermantel is also co-founder of the company EVEN, which established itself prior to the acquisition through ANSYS as a software developer and engineering service provider in F1, MotoGP and America’s Cup racing.

While working within EVEN, Wintermantel served as structural engineer for United Internet Team Germany during the 32nd America’s Cup and later became design coordinator for the team.

Honey was a member of the 36th America’s Cup Rules Committee. As a professional sailing navigator, he has won the Volvo Ocean Race, set the Jules Verne record for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world and set multiple 24-hour, Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, Sydney-Harbour and Newport-Bermuda sailing records.

In 2010, Honey was awarded the US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year Award and was nominated to the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2012.

Honey is a Yale/Stanford electrical engineer, three-time Emmy Winner for Technical Innovations in Sports Television and an inventor on 30 patents in navigation and graphics.

Honey was nominated to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2017 and the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018.

In earlier navigation related work, Honey co-founded ETAK Inc. in 1983. The company pioneered vehicle navigation systems with digital map databases, heading-up map display and map-matching navigation. He will now join Ellis and Wintermantel on the AC37 Rules Committee.

 

americascup.com

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