Noted yacht designers from around the world are attending a conference to lay the groundwork for a new class of boat for the 34th America's Cup.
The conference is being hosted by design coordinator Ian 'Fresh' Burns at the BMW ORACLE Racing base in Valencia.
As mentioned at the Rome press conference for the 34th America's Cup, the goal is a fair design rule that will produce a next generation boat that is thrilling for sailing fans to watch, challenging for the sailors to sail and stimulating for the designers as well.
By seeking input from the best brains in the business, the process is off to a good start. The objective is a rule fair to all teams which, like race management, will be placed in the hands of a neutral organisation.
The design rule for the new America's Cup class is to be finalised by the 30th September of this year.