AC72 Sailing Days:
AC72 Launching and Sailing Periods:
Teams were permitted to launch their first new boats on or after July 1, 2012. The First AC72 Sailing Period allowed 30 sailing days between July 1, 2012, and January 31, 2013.
A team's second boat, if they choose to build one, may be launched on or after February 1, 2013. The Second AC72 Sailing Period allows 45 sailing days between January 31 and May 1, 2013 for each boat. All boats are entitled to the 45-day sailing period, regardless of whether first or second built, or whether the boat sailed in the First AC72 Sailing Period or not.
After May 1, 2013, the sailing days of the boats are not restricted.
Scroll down to see individual days for each team and boat, plus
details about the applicable rules.
ETNZ was the first to sail an AC72, followed by Oracle Team USA, Luna Rossa, and Artemis Racing. ETNZ's 30 days in the first period was the only instance that a team used all their permitted time. Oracle's total days were limited by the capsize and resulting damage of their first yacht in mid-October, with the boat not re-launched until February 4.
Second AC72 Sailing Period:
In the graphic above, the dotted red line marks the cutoff beyond which a team cannot reach the maximum sailing days permitted before the period ends. None of the teams reached the maximum in the second period. ETNZ and Luna Rossa moved their operations to San Francisco during April and not did hit the 45-day limit. ETNZ's last sail in NZ was April 4th. Artemis Racing sailed their AC72 in San Francisco from the start of the period, but began reconfiguring their boat in mid-February, re-launching mid-March, and fell short of the 45 days as well.
Aside from the restricted number of total days during the Sailing Periods, under Protocol Article 28.2 teams may not sail their AC72 yachts during an America's Cup World Series Regatta racing period unless they obtain permission in advance from the Regatta Director. Additionally, Oracle Team USA was penalized for a rules infraction and not allowed to sail either boat for the last five days of the second sailing period (April 26-30).
Combined AC72 Sailing Days: By Team and Boat For Each Period
These are the combined sailing days per team, plotted for each sailing period and each boat. The blue bars show sailing days in the restricted periods. The green bars show sailing in the unrestricted period from May 1 onward. It includes practice days and, after the start of the LVC, race days as well. There are no rules limitations on the combined number of sailing days. This chart is included just for the purpose of comparison.
Article 29.2 is the section of the Protocol that limits how many days the teams may sail their new AC72 catamarans. The rule is intended to help control costs. A Sailing Day is considered to be when the boat is crewed, leaves the dock, and drops the tow line, regardless of the length of time that the boat is underway.
Teams are required to report their sailing days to America's Cup Race
Management, who track and publish the running tallies.
Protocol Article 29.2. AC72 Yacht Launch and Sailing Limits
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