The French, potential, America’s Cup challenger published a short Q&A with the team’s leaders, Louis Noël Viviès, Franck Cammas and Michel Desjoyeaux on the Protocol of the 35th America’s Cup, made public last week by Golden Gate Yacht Club. Here’s our English translation of the original French release:
1/ August the 8th is the deadline by which the first installment (US$ 1,075,000) of the inscription fee has to be paid. Does that suit you and will you have the means to pay it?
Louis Noël Viviès: “The protocol specifies that the costs of the sports organization for the next America’s Cup will have to be shared equally between all competitors. These inscription fees, which might seem high, will also be intended towards an arbitration and sports organization independent from the Defender. This has a cost, but it must be put into perspective since it only represents 3% of the overall campaign budget. If Team France launches an assault on the 35th America’s Cup it will be with means coherent with its ambitions and this first installment is therefore inescapable.”
2/ Sports-wise what do you think of the four selection levels?
1. The America’s Cup World Series in AC45′s
2. America’s Cup Qualifier (2 round robins)
3. America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs
4. The America’s Cup with a one-point advantage for the challenger if they also are the winners of the America’s Cup Qualifier
Franck Cammas: “Selections will start very early (as early as next year, in AC45′s) and we will already be in the thick of the competition with points to win! It is rather positive to be forced to regularly measure up against the other America’s Cup teams and thus gain experience and progress during these very high-level races. This will also allow us to select and train a performing crew for Team France which will then work on the AC62. In order to achieve that we need to put the crew under pressure very early and this will allow us to reach the final races on the big catamaran prepared, races that remain the ultimate and important goal of this adventure.”
3/ Technologically, does the Defender’s right to build two boats against one for the Challengers constitute a significant advantage?
Michel Desjoyeaux: “In the history of the Cup, the Defender, which sets a great number of rules, has as main objective to retain its title. Many things in the America’s Cup are based on this principle. Unlike the challengers, they sail by themselves and therefore don’t have the opportunity to test their boat against competitors. It is therefore quite logical that they granted themselves the right to build two boats against one for the challengers.”
4/ Is it bothersome not to know before February 2015 the different cities that will host the selections and the America’s Cup? Is this another maneuver by the Defender to draw an advantage?
Michel Desjoyeaux: “The draft rule we have is very restrictive and the margin of maneuvering by the designers is minute. The choice of venue shouldn’t affect a lot the performance of the boats. In addition, according to rumors that circulate, we will sail on relatively flat seas. We should also put ourselves into the Defender’s shoes that organizes these races. It is an enormous job that requires time.”