Team New Zealand have confirmed reports that the America's Cup is heading back to monohulls.
Luna Rossa boss Patrizio Bertelli said in his interview that the return to monohulls, albeit radical foiling ones, was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win the last America's Cup in Bermuda.
"Currently there is a team of designers, lead by Emirates Team New Zealand design coordinator Dan Bernasconi working on various exciting monohull concepts which will eventually help shape the AC36 Class Rule," they said in a statement.
He said the new monohulls "will be very powerful boats" without going into details of the foiling capabilities. Bertelli confirmed there would also be tighter nationality rules, as indicated by Team New Zealand. He said there would also be pre - America's Cup racing held in Italy.
Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton told Stuff last month that the protocol for 2021 was "basically done" and they were only tweaking details. A move to a foiling monohull was widely speculated in the aftermath to Bermuda. The 20-19-20 Volvo Ocean Race will feature foiling monohulls with the revolutionary 60-foot boats the brainchild of Emirates Team New Zealand designer Guillaume Verdier.
It's expected they will be able to foil at speeds of 35-40 knots in 20 knots of wind, hinting at the possibilities of an America's Cup monohull.
Team New Zealand said further details of the protocol for the 36th America's Cup will be announced at the end of the month.