America’s Cup Announces Format for Women and Youth

The America’s Cup’s attempt to expand access and training opportunities for future Cup sailors is taking shape in the form of the Women’s America’s Cup and the Youth America’s Cup, to be sailed in conjunction with the main event.

Both the Women’s and Youth events will feature 12 teams split evenly into two fleets based on a nationality rule. The top three in a series of six to nine races will advance to the finals, in which the top sailors from both fleets will join for three or four more races. The top two from this series will then compete in a single-match race for victory. Perhaps a bit complicated, but race organizers seem intent on getting both fleet and match racing into the mix…

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