Breaking Waves: Barcelona's Blue Economy Takes Center Stage at 37th America's Cup
The 37th America's Cup is set to make waves in Barcelona, with sustainability and investment in the local Blue Economy at its core. From hydrogen-powered boats to community projects, the event promises to showcase the future of sustainable sailing.
The America's Cup has made a groundbreaking commitment to sustainability, as the 37th America’s Cup is officially sanctioned as a World Sailing Special Event. The organizers have pledged to invest in Barcelona's Blue Economy, a sustainable development model that focuses on local community projects that protect marine ecosystems and promote positive economic and social outcomes. As part of the agreement, the event will prioritize sustainability initiatives and work towards supporting World Sailing’s Agenda 2030.
CEO of AC37 Event Ltd, Grant Dalton, stated that the event aims to add real value to Barcelona's Blue Economy, building on the mandatory requirement for all competing teams to use zero-emissions hydrogen powered foiling chase boats. World Sailing CEO David Graham emphasized that the partnership between the two organizations will make a significant contribution to achieving targets set for sailing and the sector-wide drive for greater sustainability.
The World Sailing Special Event status for the 37th America’s Cup includes all associated regattas, including the America’s Cup Match, the America’s Cup Challenger Selection Series, the America’s Cup Preliminary Regattas, and the Youth and Women’s America’s Cup Regattas. The agreement also establishes the Racing Rules of Sailing (America’s Cup Edition), which will govern the rules of racing contested across all regattas.
The International Jury will be appointed by World Sailing, comprising of international umpires, while the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel and Chief Umpire, Richard Slater, will also be confirmed. The Race Management team will be led by Iain Murray, and an Anti-Doping program will be established in alignment with the World Anti-Doping Code.
The 37th America's Cup, which will take place between August and October 2024 in Barcelona, will be a milestone in the development of the sport's sustainability practices. With the event committing to sustainable practices and local community investment, it will help bring about breakthroughs in sustainability initiatives in marine ecosystems.