My Predictions for the Next America’s Cup
Starting with the easy ones:
- 1. The AC will be sailed on the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand.2. Peter Burling will be at the helm of the defender. Dean Barker will not be aboard.
3. The AC will have a strong nationality rule requiring at least a majority of crew members to be from the country of the boat they compete on.
4. Nationality will be determined not only by passport, but since many sailors have dual citizenship with multiple passports, any sailor who has competed in an Olympics will be considered a national of only the country he or she represented.
5. The course will be considerably longer than the San Francisco and Bermuda courses, but considerably shorter than the Newport and San Diego courses. A race will take about one hour.
6. It will be sailed in boats that require sail changes.
7. It will be sailed in monohulls, probably not 12-meters or even the newer Super 12’s, but something with a classic look and modern high-tech components built to a box rule.
8. The challengers will include USA–not necessarily Oracle BMW, UK–Land Rover BAR, Italy–Prada Luna Rossa, Sweden–Artemis, and Australia-Quantas Fosters.
9. New Zealand will be challenged for the Cup by Australia.
10. The winner will be . . . New Zealand!
Write ‘em down–You heard it first here!