The America’s Cup event does not end with a win, but leaves the winners with a commitment towards framing the protocols that need to be followed for the upcoming Cup.
Hence, when Team New Zealand made a spectacular win this year at the event that was held in Bermuda in June, they were given the commitment to work on the protocols of the upcoming event that would be held in 2021. Along with them the others who committed to help out in the framing of rules were challenger of record, the Italian team along with Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Yacht Club Sicilia.
Dalton, who was skipper of team New Zealand states that it is a big job as the event as well as the team’s requirements needs to be kept in mind. They were able to frame and get the basics done with a target to submit the final draft by the end of September.
The team put in an effort to make sure that the drafting process does not take long which was the scene in 2013 when the Oracle Team took a long time to draft out the regulations and framework for the Bermuda race. There is a need to provide stability as well as certainty to the teams for which the rules and protocols need to be issued at the earliest.
There are several aspects that are looked into in this framing of protocols. The class of boat that would be used is one large factor as there is usually a debate that ensues between mono-hull and multi-hull designs. The competition framework is also one of the crucial factors to be looked into. The team has also worked towards bringing the Deed of Gift into focus whose principles need to be revived so that people are aware of these much more.