The Team Australia Challenge campaign was confirmed in April 2023 by the organiser’s of the 37th America’s Cup as one of 12 national Youth and Women’s competing nations.
We are aiming to win the newest prize in the oldest competition, revolutionise the pathway for women and young athletes on the global stage and transform Australia’s existing legacy with the America’s Cup. This will be a technology and high-performance led sporting campaign of national significance. The Team Australia Challenge campaign is underway to deliver two national teams to the start line in Barcelona with corporate and product sponsorship and a full communications and promotions campaign. Starting from our Race Entry Acceptance and Campaign Launch in February 2023 we have a calendar of opportunities and milestones our supporters can share.
A national call-out for applicants was launched for qualified Women and Youth (under 25) sailors during April and May 2023. Applicants were received from every state in Australia and a panel of selectors, led by Patrons John Bertrand and John Winning Jr have been assessing, against stringent criteria, for final team selections expected to be announced by the end of September, 2023.
The International Youth & Women’s Challenge teams will compete in the newly designed AC40 foiling yachts, developed by Emirates Team New Zealand. The Youth & Women’s AC regattas will be staged out of Port Olimpic in Barcelona with 12 national teams competing in each regatta. Australia will race against New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, USA, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.
Qualifying series group races will be staged in identical craft during September and October 2024. The Women’s finals race will be broadcast globally as part of the 37th America’s Cup telecast.
The journey to and during the competition in the 37th America’s Cup will be filmed for an international documentary with Skydance Sports.
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S CHALLENGE 2024
OFFICIAL TAC LAUNCH
TAC Team submission and interview process
31 May National applications close
Jun - Sep
Trials and national teams selection
TAC gains access to AC40 sailing
TAC training camps commence
Women's 69F foiling Gold Cup, Italy
TAC Squad announcement
AC40 Training Camp Sydney
AC40 Training Camp
AC37 Entry List published
Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Youth AC Regatta bump in
Youth America's Cup starts
Youth final match race
Women's AC Regatta bump in
Women's Qualifying Series starts
16 Oct, 2024
WOMEN'S AMERICA'S CUP FINAL RACE