Test the limits

Match conditions confirmed for the America’s Cup match and dates announced for Prada Cup.

13 February 2020

Following a successful mediation, the America’s Cup Defender and Challenger of Record have come to an agreement on the Match Conditions for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

The two sides came to a consensus after engaging in an official mediation process run by the America’s Cup Arbitration panel chairman David Tillett (AUS).

As part of the agreement, the wind range for racing in the America’s Cup Match will be 6.5 to 23 knots.

The agreed racing schedule for the America’s Cup Match has two races per day planned for 6,7,10, 12, 13, 14 and 15 March. Additional reserve days have been scheduled but the intention is to complete the event on the weekend of March 13/14, weather permitting. Racing is planned from 4pm onwards each race day. The winner of the America’s Cup Match will be the first team to score seven points.


The parties also agreed on certain conditions in respect of the Prada Cup due to be issued by 30 June 2020. The racing will consist of four Round Robin sessions over 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 January, followed by a repêchage round over 29, 30, 31 January, and 2 February, with the first-to-seven-points Prada Cup Final taking place over 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 of February.

The following wind range for racing has been agreed:

  • Round Robins and Repêchage:     6.5 to 21 knots
  • Prada Cup Final:                                    6.5 to 23 knots

In addition the parties also confirmed Course Location Guidelines for the Race Director when selecting the Auckland racecourse locations for all the Auckland events including the Match for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

The first competitive action of the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada will be in Cagliari, Sardinia from 23 – 26 April at the first of three ACWS regattas taking place during 2020. Further ACWS events will be held in Portsmouth, England on 4 – 7 June, and in Auckland, New Zealand in 17 – 20 December.


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