The quest for the ultimate prize, the America's Cup, begins with winning the Prada Cup.
Organised by the Challenger of Record, the PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series will be held in January and February 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand, to determine which of the Challenger teams will take on the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand in the “36th America's Cup presented by PRADA” Match: to win the America’s Cup first you have to win the PRADA Cup.
The PRADA Cup will consist of four Round Robins of three races each, a seven races Semi-Final and a 13 races Final between the two leading teams. Each win gets one point.
The highest ranked Challenger at the end of the Round Robins will be automatically qualified for the PRADA Cup Final; the remaining teams will then race in a 7 races Semi-Final and the first team who gets four points will qualify for the PRADA Cup Final.
The PRADA Cup Final will then determine the Challenger for the “36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA” Match: the winner - the first team to get seven points – will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, and will receive the PRADA Cup – a striking new trophy designed by renowned designer Marc Newson (CBE) and painstakingly handcrafted by Florentine silversmiths.