America’s Cup Draws 14 Challengers

The new era of America’s Cup racing has attracted 15 teams from 12 countries who will begin their quest for the Cup with 2011 America’s Cup World Series stops in Cascais, Portugal; Plymouth, England; and San Diego, California.

As the entry period closed at midnight on March 31, 14 challengers had filed applications for the 34th America’s Cup to be held in San Francisco, September 2013. Twelve of these have been validated while the remaining two teams will be checked against the qualifying requirements in the coming days.  With ORACLE Racing previously accepted as the defense candidate, a total of 15 teams could be confirmed.

“Fifteen teams promises an exciting America’s Cup World Series, Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series and ultimately 34th America’s Cup Final,” said Iain Murray, Regatta Director and CEO, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM). “The new wing-sailed, multihulled yachts will be fast and physically demanding, keeping the racing dynamic and interesting until the finish.  We are looking forward to seeing these teams on the AC World Series circuit later this year. It is time to go racing.”

The current list of vetted and accepted competitors is a geographically diverse field: ALEPH EQUIPE DE FRANCE (France), Artemis Racing (Sweden), China Team (China), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), Energy Team (France), Mascalzone Latino (Italy), ORACLE Racing (USA), Team Australia (Australia), and five undisclosed teams.

America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) revealed the inaugural AC World Series would begin in Europe in August of 2011. Formal announcements will be made with officials in each individual city.

Courtesy of www.americascup.com.

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