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Didn't see this one coming... https://mailchi.mp/rmyc/malta-altus-challenge-accepted-as-challenger-for-36th-americas-cup

 

The Commodore and flag officers of the Royal Malta Yacht Club are pleased to announce that the RMYC will be represented by a team challenging for the 36thAmericas Cup. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, as defender trustee of the Cup has formally accepted the challenge that the RMYC has made on behalf of team Malta Altus Challenge...

 

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Interesting decision by the arbitration panel about the nationality rule... anyone who holds a passport by the time the challenger series starts qualifies. So Malta (in general anyone) is free to recruit whoever they want, as long as they can get their government to play along... https://www.sail-world.com/news/214421

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That’s pretty interesting. Seems against the intent of the rule, but maybe they should have worded it better?

 

Or maybe it was designed that way? So challenges from big countries with legit governments had to do it the hard way and small or corrupt countries, who don’t tend to be amongst the best challengers anyway, can sneak in this way?

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