Nationality Rule Ends

Alinghi has announced the new protocol for the next America’s Cup. As expected, the new protocol relaxes the nationality rule to “diminish the costs and thereby make the competition accessible to more challengers.” Many expect that the new nationality rule will decrease interest in the competition in the non-sailing public. But that’s water under the bridge. On the plus side, other changes will provide for less partial race officials and a more TV friendly format.