- The 2017 America's Cup will feature six or seven yachts despite fallout over a change in boat size, according to race director Russell Coutts. A probable new Asian entry will be announced next month, Coutts told AFP. For the next contest in Bermuda, boats will be shrunk from 62 feet to 45-50 feet as a cost-saving measure. Four of the six teams who voted in favour of reducing the boat size last week issued a statement criticising Team New Zealand for their opposition. Luna Rossa, who were also opposed to the reduction, have withdrawn from the 2017 Cup in protest at what it called the "illegitimate" decision. But organisers insist they were right. "Since the launch of the AC45 turbos, people have realised that these boats, much smaller than the AC72, are fast and good for TV," insisted Coutts, chief executive of the America's Cup Event Authority.