Team New Zealand's America's Cup defence in four years time is all but confirmed to be taking place in monohull boats according to Italian Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa.
Luna Rossa's boss Patrizio Bertelli told La Stampa the prestigious sailing regatta is moving away from catamarans like the ones used this year to head back to the single-hull boats, although foils would still be included.
Bertelli said the design decision was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win this year's regatta in Bermuda.
During his interview with La Stampa today, Bertelli was asked if the America's Cup would still feature catamarans.
"No, you're back to monohulls," he said.
"It was the condition for Luna Rossa to help them with men and means in the last edition."
After Luna Rossa withdrew early in the last America's Cup cycle due to their disdain for constant rule changes by then-holders Oracle Team USA, the Italian syndicate opted to join forces with the Kiwi crew in different areas.
Luna Rossa gave the financially-challenged Team New Zealand a test boat as well as the services of several sailors and technical staff.
He said the new monohulls "will be very powerful boats" without going into details of the foiling capabilities.
Bertelli also said there was going to be tighter rules around nationality - a topic already brought up by Team New Zealand.
An official announcement from Team New Zealand is expected later this month.
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