The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the 32nd America's Cup Match have been released. The Notice of Race outlines the Rules for how the racing will be conducted.
There are interesting points to note, some marking small changes in comparison to the NOR for the Louis Vuitton Cup.
- The 'no-change' period begins 24 hours before the first match, at 14:50 on Friday.
- Racing is scheduled to begin with a warning signal at 14:50 each race day, as in the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals and Final. No warning signal will be given later than 17:00 (an earlier cut off than during the Louis Vuitton Cup). All racing will be on the Northern race area.
- As in the Louis Vuitton Cup, there are no 'hard' wind limits, but the Race Committee 'intends to conduct races when the approximate average true wind speed is between seven and 23 knots…six metres above the water.'
- The teams are permitted just one change that would require a new measurement certificate. This differs from the Louis Vuitton Cup, when more changes were allowed. Any change has to be completed by 08:00 on the day of the next scheduled race.
- Either team is allowed to substitute its boat, but ONLY if its original race yacht has been damaged seriously enough that it can not compete in the next scheduled race. The Measurement Committee and Jury will determine this. And, if the Jury deems the damage intentional, it may not allow the substitution at all. This is more restrictive than during the Louis Vuitton Cup, when a boat could be substituted for any reason at the cost of one win. The Jury will decide whether a further penalty is imposed.
- The race course will be 12.6 nautical miles in length. This is the maximum length of the course in the Louis Vuitton Cup. The time limit for each leg of the course if 40 minutes.
With the rules now set, the teams are ready to race. There will be a skippers' press conference at 11:00 on Friday, where there will be a coin toss to determine who has starboard entry to the start box for the first race. The teams will alternate thereafter.
The America's Cup Match and Challenger/Defender Series are designated as ISAF Special Events. For more information on the America's Cup, the Louis Vuttion Acts and the teams competing, visit the official America's Cup website - www.americascup.com.
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