The Defender and Challenger of Record organizations for the America’s Cup presented by Prada have announced the
specialist race management, rules and measurement teams chosen for the competition’s 36th edition taking place in
Auckland, New Zealand in 2021.
America's Cup stalwart John Craig (CAN) has been named as Regatta Director and will be in ultimate charge of all racing
activity, including in 2020 the America's Cup World Series events and the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, and the
America's Cup Match in 2021.
Highly experienced rules expert Richard Slater (AUS) has been chosen as Chief Umpire and as such oversees a hand-picked
team of umpires responsible for ensuring fair racing at all America's Cup events.
AC75 Class Rule Committee
A dedicated committee of rules experts has been introduced for this latest edition of the America’s Cup to provide the
competing teams with official interpretations on the AC75 Class Rule as they each design and build their revolutionary
foiling monohull yachts.
The AC75 Class Rule Committee is made up of internationally-renowned sailing experts Stan Honey (USA), Carlos de Beltràn
(ESP) and Hasso Hoffmeister (GER) and has already been active for the last year responding to the teams’ requests for
specific clarification of the Class Rule.
The Measurement Committee is responsible for conducting all measurement-related checks of the teams’ AC75 foiling
monohull yachts – which are expected to be launched over the coming months – and for issuing AC75 Class certificates.
Shaun Ritson (AUS) is the coordinator of the Measurement Committee, with the supporting expertise of Daniel Jowett (NZL)
and David McCollough (USA).
Commenting on the appointments, Russell Green, rules and legal advisor for the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, was
instrumental in bringing the race officials together for the 36th America’s Cup.
“We are fortunate to have secured the services of such well respected international officials with established
reputations at the top level of our sport including previous experience in the America’s Cup,” Green commented.
Matteo Plazzi – Technical Director at the Challenger of Record America's Cup 36 – the organisation responsible for
running the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series and the America’s Cup World Series – said each of the appointees:
“brought a wealth of experience and integrity to the 36th edition of the America’s Cup”.
“Their appointments reinforce our commitment as Challenger of Record to fair competition and exceptional racing for the
Challenging teams in the events we are organising in 2020 and 2021, as well as in the America’s Cup Match,” Plazzi said.
Notes to the Editor
John Craig (CAN) – Regatta Director
A hugely experienced and well-respected race management expert, Craig was principal race officer at the 34th America’s
Cup and the associated challenger selection series and America’s Cup World Series regattas. He also oversaw the
inception of World Sailing’s Sailing World Cup international regatta series and was race manager for US Sailing’s
prestigious Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, as well as serving as race director for the Extreme Sailing Series and the
Red Bull Foiling Generation series.
Richard Slater (AUS) – Chief Umpire
Slater is a World Sailing qualified international umpire and judge and was the chief umpire at the 35th America’s Cup in
Bermuda. He also is the vice chairman of the World Sailing racing rules committee, a member of the international umpires
sub-committee and chairs or is a member of numerous World Sailing working parties. He also headed up the World Sailing
working party which created the high-speed rules that are used by many classes of high-performance boats. As well as his
race management experience, Slater has worked with several professional sailing teams as a rules advisor and in team
management – including teams that have won the America’s Cup three times and the Volvo Ocean Race once. Slater also
provides support to the Australian Sailing Team ahead of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
AC75 CLASS RULE COMMITTEE
Stan Honey (USA)
One of the world’s best-known racing navigators, Honey’s achievements include winning the Volvo Ocean Race around the
world and setting a Jules Verne record for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the planet – as well as contributing
as a navigator for multiple other 24-hour-distance, transatlantic, transpacific and singlehanded records. Honey holds a
bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University and a master’s degree in electrical
engineering from Stanford. He is a three-time Emmy Winner for technical innovation in Sports TV, and a member of both
the US National Inventors and the Sports Broadcasting Halls of Fame. A prolific inventor, he holds 30 patents associated
with navigation, tracking, and augmented reality graphics and led the development of the yellow ‘first-down line’ widely
used now in the broadcast of American football. He is also responsible for the ESPN “K-Zone” baseball pitch tracking and
highlighting system, as well as the Race/FX tracking and highlighting system used in NASCAR.
Carlos de Beltrán (ESP)
De Beltrán joined World Sailing as technical and offshore director in 2017 and has been involved with the last four
editions of the America’s Cup. He has also served as chief measurer for the M32 and RC44 class associations and was the
equipment inspector for three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. He holds two master’s degrees – one in naval
architecture and one in product design.
Hasso Hoffmeister (GER)
Hoffmeister has worked for Classification Society DNVGL (formerly Germanischer Lloyd) since graduating as a naval
architect in 1993. He is an expert in the assessment of marine structures, yachts and rigs and has developed several
standards and guidelines, amongst which are the GL Guidelines for Structural Design of Racing Yachts. His particular
field of expertise is the evaluation of composite structures. While working with Germanischer Lloyd, Hoffmeister was
also rig designer of United Internet Team Germany’s during the 32nd America’s Cup.
Shaun Ritson (AUS) - Coordinator
Ritson has been a consultant naval architect for the past 25 years. He is a World Sailing international measurer for the
Moth Class and served on the Measurement Committee for the 31st, 32nd and 34th America’s Cup editions. He was also a
measurer for three Volvo Ocean Races, including serving as chief measurer for the 2011-12 edition.
Daniel Jowett (NZL)
An experienced navigator with many offshore racing miles to his name Jowett trained as a mechanical engineer
specialising in yacht aerodynamics and has worked as an engineer at the Yacht Research unit and Twisted Flow wind tunnel
in Auckland, as well as with Vspars. He has been involved in two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, working in race
control during the 2013-14 edition and as the electronics team leader in 2017-18.
David McCollough (USA)
McCollough operates McCollough Yachts LLC, a yacht design and engineering firm in Newport, Rhode Island. He studied
mechanical engineering at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and yacht design at The Landing School in
Kennebunkport, Maine. McCollough Yachts has been responsible for several race-winning multihull sailboats as well as
luxury cruising boats and has recently leveraged foiling knowledge gained from racing sailboats into innovative
foil-assisted power catamarans. As a member of the team which wrote the class rule for the 34th America’s Cup,
McCollough has an excellent understanding of the unique intricacies of this competition.