Prospective challengers for the next America's Cup regatta agreed Thursday they don't want a repeat of this year's mismatch and discussed the future of the competition.

Participants praised the "open discussion" among representatives of America's Cup syndicates around the world, though they didn't decide on the type of boat to be used in a 1991 multinational regatta."The meeting showed we have a consensus to avoid the kind of event we're involved with this time, and for that reason, it's a very good day for the America's Cup," said Tom Ehman, general manager of Sail America, which is running San Diego Yacht Club's defense of the 137-year-old Cup against the New Zealand challenger.

The four proposals discussed were regarding setting sizes and designs for the boats and their masts. A final decision could be made as early as November.