A Dutch challenger, the sixth overall, for the 2021 America's Cup has been accepted by Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The joint bid from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club Muiden and Royal Maas Yacht Club joins US teams American Magic and Stars & Stripes USA, Italy’s Luna Rossa, Challenger of Record, INEOS Team UK and Malta Altus Challenge.
The 36th America's Cup is set to be the biggest lineup since 2007 in Valencia.
The news was welcomed by Team New Zealand via a statement.
"The reality is, the more teams that race in the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, the greater the spectacle on the water and the better the economic return off the water for Auckland and New Zealand,” Team NZ said in a statement.
"This has always been the overarching objective of Emirates Team New Zealand since we won the America's Cup in 2017."
"We will be reaching out to Prada and the Challenger of Record to discuss further planning for the events in light of this exciting news. We are hoping and expect them to embrace this latest entry in line with the underlying philosophy of the America's Cup being a friendly competition between foreign countries."