The Prada Cup – All you need to know, January 15 – February 22
Who will be the Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup?
The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series determines which of the three Challenger teams will take on the defending champion – Emirates Team New Zealand. The three challenger teams are:
- New York Yacht Club American Magic
- Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli
- INEOS Team UK
The PRADA Cup consists of up to 17 days of racing between January 15th and February 22nd in Auckland, New Zealand. It is organized in a format known as match racing, where the teams battle in head-to-head clashes. The first part consists of a Round Robin between the three teams, where the highest-ranked team at the end automatically qualifies for the PRADA Cup Final. The two remaining teams then compete in a Semi-Final where the first team that gets four points qualifies for the final.
The PRADA Cup Winner is the first team to get to seven points in a best-of-13 final that determines which team will take on Emirates Team New Zealand in the 36th America’s Cup Match, starting in Auckland on March 6th. The winner of the Cup Match takes home the “Auld Mug” — the oldest trophy in international sports.
The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
- The Round Robins, Jan 15–24
- Semi-Finals, Jan 29–Feb 2
- Final, Feb 13–22
The Round Robins and Semi-Finals have two races per day with a tentative race time window estimated between 15.00–17.00. The estimated time of racing during the Final is 16.00–18.00. You can get the full racing schedule here and follow the results here.
The 36th America’s Cup Match
- March 6–15
Follow the action in real-time
Every race of the 36th America’s Cup will be streamed live on Youtube, Facebook, and americascup.com in almost every country around the world. The event’s official website will provide all the live content including onboard camera footage, Virtual Eye graphics, behind-the-scenes storytelling, and more. Viewers in the U.S. can choose to watch the races on television via the NBC Sports Network, streaming on www.nbcsports.com (with cable subscription), or streaming via the NBC Sports Gold America’s Cup Pass.
There is no second
America’s Cup is the stuff of legends, and the 36th edition marks 170 years of history. In 1851, the oldest trophy in international sports was won for the first time by the radical-looking America of the New York Yacht Club. As America won the race around the Isle of Wight, England, and saluted the Royal Yacht, Queen Victoria asked one of her attendants who came in second, the reply was:
Your Majesty, there is no second.
The trophy became known as The Auld Mug and the New York Yacht Club went on to win the next 24 editions of America’s Cup, defending the trophy for 132 years before losing it to Australia II in 1983. This feat is recognized as the longest winning streak in sports history.
This year, the New York Yacht Club is one of the three syndicates competing for the right to take on Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis won the Auld Mug when they beat Oracle Team USA in Bermuda in 2017, earning them the right to defend the Cup on home waters.
Trust makes it possible
Helly Hansen is a proud partner of New York Yacht Club American Magic, and it’s an honor to be a part of their mission to bring the Auld Mug back to the United States. The team members are among the world’s best sailors, and through years of training together, they have built a trust in each other that makes it possible to sail at the level required to compete in the America’s Cup.
The America’s Cup is all about pushing the limits of technology, and every fabric, seam, panel, and zipper make a difference in enabling the crew to execute their responsibilities to perfection on deck in such a fast-paced environment. Through valuable time spent with the team, our designers have gathered insight and feedback, enabling us to develop gear as performance-driven as the American Magic team itself – like the HP Foil Pro Collection.