A new era for the America's Cup


Hamish Ross (left) draws the new organisational structure
 

Hamish Ross (left) draws the new organisational structure

As the protocol for the 32nd America's Cup is launched
The Protocol for the 32nd America's Cup has just been announced by the defending Club, the Society Nautique de Geneve represented by Alinghi's Michel Bonnefous and Russell Coutts, Alinghi lawyer and architect of the new protocol Hamish Ross, and the challenger of record, the Golden Gate YC in San Francisco represented by Tom Ehman. The result seems to be a generally modernising affair, completely revamping the organisational structure of not only the America's Cup but also the Challenger series, yet performed in a way that should ruffle the minimum of feathers among traditionalist guardians of the Cup. "We want to organise a great event," commented Alinghi General Manager, Michel Bonnefous. "The new protocol has many of the same features as the previous regatta but also many reforms." As previously reported the next America's Cup looks certain to take place over the summer of 2007. 2005 is too early, while Europe will be occupied in 2006 with the Winter Olympics and the Football World Cup. The principle change is in the structure of the organisation behind the America's Cup and the challenger series (Alinghi say they do not envisage a defender series). There will now be one umbrella organisation controlling the whole event the structure of which is best understood by examining the photograph above. CORM/CORC has been replaced by the Challenge Commission who have no sway over the Event Authority who are responsible for the establishing the venue, organising the timing of racing and the commercial aspects of the racing. This latter point is significant as under the new format the Challenge Commission are handing over commercial rights to the challenger series to Event Authority, who responsibilities (although not their representation) are an amalgamation of CORM/CORC and AC2003. While the commercial aspect of the event has been taken out of

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