34th America's Cup explained

Russell Coutts talks us the "biggest change in the history of the Cup"
Few surprises today given the large amount of hints over the last few months that the 34th America’s Cup is going to be held in 72ft wingsail catamarans, but in 2013, a year earlier than we anticipated. Whether these radical changes are positive ones for the America’s Cup remains to be seen, but they, along with all the other aspects of the event BMW Oracle Racing has been examining over these last months, from course formats to the best means of televising sailing’s pinnacle event, are in our view unquestionably good for our sport. Traditionally the America’s Cup has been one of the most conservative sailing events, perhaps befitting its lengthy heritage, but Coutts’ bold plans are set to propel it to the forefront of sailing; how our sport might have been in decades’ time if left to its own devices, only it is happening right here, right now. As Coutts put it when asked how big a leap this was on the America’s Cup 159 year historic time line: “I think it is by far the biggest change in the history of the Cup. I can’t think of another Protocol or announcement that has been a change of this significance before.” Why 2013? Coutts explains: “We always wanted to have the event as quickly as possible to get the Cup back on track as soon as possible and it became pretty clear recently throughout our venue negotiations that the venues could be ready by 2013. Also in 2014 we’ve got World Cup soccer in the middle of the year and that would be difficult to work around, particularly if the venue was in Europe.” Taking a year out of the schedule also represents a significant cost saving for teams. Youth America’s Cup The only surprise to us today was the 45ft one design wingsail cats in