The America’s Cup teams have voted to reduce the size of boats to be sailed in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda, a cost-cutting move that could lead to the two strongest challengers dropping out.
The organisers said a majority of teams favoured the move from 62ft (AC62) catamarans to AC45s in the 45ft to 50ft range. They also said a majority of teams supported having all the racing take place in Bermuda rather than having a qualifying regatta in Auckland, New Zealand.
Italy’s Luna Rossa said last week it “will be obliged to withdraw” should the race boat be downsized. Team New Zealand supported the Italians.
Team New Zealand said on its Twitter account Monday that it had filed for arbitration to reinstate the Auckland qualifier. The New Zealanders maintain they need the qualifier at home to secure government funding. A Luna Rossa spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.