AC34 measurer appointed
Among the announcements made by Regatta Director Iain Murray in Dubai this week is confirmation that American Nick Nicholson has been appointed Chief Measurer for AC34.
Nicholson was last involved in the development of the potential monohull Class Rule for the 34th America's Cup that was under consideration earlier this year. When the AC72 catamaran was selected over the monohull design as the weapon of choice, his vast experience made him a natural to oversee the new class.
Nicholson was on the measurement committee for AC27, when the American defender raced a wing-sailed catamaran to overcome the Kiwi challenger, so he’s familiar with big catamarans and wing power.
Iain Murray says Nicholson was a natural choice – experience as a measurer in five previous Cups, as well as three editions of the Volvo/Whitbread race, mean he’s earned the respect of the racing community. In fact, his career as a measurer dates back to 1979, when he was appointed an IOR measurer by USYRU (now US Sailing). He’s also built his own cruising boat and sailed it around the world, double-handed, with his wife.
“He has the respect of the teams and competitors and they’ve all voted overwhelmingly that he’s the person they want in this position,” said Murray.
Murray says the rest of the measurement committee will be appointed shortly. Among their duties will be to oversee the writing and administration of the AC45 class rule, as well as issuing interpretations on the new AC72 rule.