Italians are first to show eagerness for a multi-challenger event

Italian yacht club – Circolo Vela Gargnano – has challenged America’s Cup Defenders Alinghi to race in the 33rd edition of the historic event. The move could be seen as an attempt by Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) to put pressure on the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) to open the series to multiple challengers.

The full text of the letter, which was sent to the SNG Commodore and the GGYC reads:

Re: 33rd America’s Cup – Multi-Challengers Event

Dear Commodore,

We are writing to express to you our willingness to participate in a multi-challenger event in multi-hull vessels.

Our team has actively prepared to participate in the 33rd America’s Cup and we
intend to compete in multi-hulls provided enough time is given to the challengers to prepare.

We are a yacht club eligible under the provisions of the Deed of Gift and we represent Italy, a country that has consistently taken part to all America’s Cup editions in the last 25 years and that it is widely recognized as being among the top sailing nations and ship builders in the world.

Recognising that the Defender and current Challenger of record have expressed their willingness for a multi-challenger event, we encourage you to open a challenger selection process and to make arrangements on the dates, courses, number of trials, rules and sailing regulations, and any and all other conditions of the races.

While we acknowledge that all involved yacht clubs have invested and will invest lot of time and resources in building their vessels, we know that a regatta in multi-hull vessels will cause the greatest interest in the sport of sailing and in the America’s Cup community and we are looking forward to competing in the 33rd America’s Cup very soon.

For your information, the same letter has been sent to Golden Gate Yacht Club.
We urge you to reply to our genuine request as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,
Circolo Vela Gargnano
Lorenzo Rizzardi