How the America’s Cup contenders compare going into the Prada Cup Matthew Sheahan January 11, 2021

The three challengers will start their assault on the America's Cup this week as the Prada Cup gets underway. Matt Sheahan assesses each of the teams

As each of the new AC75s were wheeled out into the open for the first time, amid the celebration and champagne spraying, each team will have been keenly aware that this was it.

Barring disasters, these were the boats that would face each other on the start line. After more than two years of planning, scheming, data-crunching, building, testing and training, this was their shot at the America’s Cup.

The pressure has been made even greater by a distinct lack of any opportunity to compare themselves against the other teams, after the two 2020 America’s Cup World Series events in Sardinia and Portsmouth fell victim to the pandemic.

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