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    And The Official Entries Are:



    San Francisco, California, USA: Wednesday June 15th the field of international competitors for the 34th America's Cup revealed their game plans for winning the trophy and bringing the honor of hosting the Cup to their home country.

    Teams representing China, France (with two teams), Italy, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sweden and USA made their first appearance together in the host city of the 2013 America's Cup at a press conference where organizers introduced the line-up. The ninth team will be announced at a press conference on June 23rd in Europe.

    Among the challenging nations, Republic of Korea is new to the America's Cup, while China is entering for just the second time.

    San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee welcomed the teams to San Francisco, home of two 2012 America's Cup World Series events, and the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series July 13 - September 1 and the America's Cup Finals September 7-22, both in 2013.

    The nine competitors will face-off for the first time in August at the inaugural America's Cup World Series event in Cascais, Portugal where a fleet of ten AC45s will do battle in both fleet and match racing. ORACLE Racing will enter two teams in the 2011 AC World Series.

    The inaugural AC World Series competition will be held August 6 - 14 in Cascais, Portugal. The second stop on the circuit will be Plymouth, England on September 10-18, followed by the final stop in 2011 in San Diego November 12-20.

    In addition to the unveiling of the official slate of competitors, event organizers also introduced the new brand expression for both the 34th America's Cup and the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series.

    The competitors for the 34th America's Cup are (nation, team, yacht club)*:

    China - China Team, Mei Fan Yacht Club
    France - Aleph - Equipe De France, Aleph Yacht Club
    France - Energy Team, Yacht Club de France
    Italy - Venezia Challenge, Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria
    New Zealand - Emirates Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
    Republic of Korea - Team Korea, Sail Korea Yacht Club
    Sweden - Artemis Racing, Kungliga Svenska Segel Sallskapet
    United States - ORACLE Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club, (Defender)

    * The Ninth confirmed Team will be announced at a press conference June 23 in Europe
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    Gladwells Take:


    America's Cup organisers have announced a reduced line up of eight teams for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco.

    The numbers are well down on the 15 teams who initially entered by the entry close date of the 31st March 2011, but are in line with the organisers expectations of the filtered entries.

    In early April organisers announced that there were 15 teams, two of which were subject to 'vetting' meaning their Notice of Challenge and club credentials had to comply with the requirements of the America's Cup Protocol, and Deed of Gift. One of these failed on the latter count.

    Then Challenger of Record Mascalzone Latino (ITA) announced they were withdrawing due to being unable to find sufficient finance and sponsorship to mount a credible challenge. The reduced the field to 13 (in this cycle Cup organisers have included the Challenger and Defender numbers in the one entry fleet, where in previous America's Cups they have always been separately counted).



    Canada are believed to be the next to drop out, again believed to be for similar reasons to Mascalzone Latino. That dropped it back to 12 entries. Canada were one of the 'confidential' entries.

    Team Australia were a surprise not to have been announced today. More of that later. But the point is that ahead of today's announcement of say nine teams, a couple have gone missing in action.

    Whether the team said to be announced next week in Europe, was one who had a Notice of Challenge lodged before the end of March, or is one the Cup organisers have pulled out of the hat, remains to be seen. Normally well informed yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander of The Independent, writes that the new team is from Italy.

    The teams announced today are:

    - China Team - China
    - Energy Team - France
    - Aleph - France
    - Emirates Team NZ - New Zealand
    - Venezia Challenge - Italy
    - Team Korea - Korea
    - Artemis Racing - Sweden
    - Oracle Racing - USA (Defender)

    Of the eight teams announced, only two have won the America's Cup previously , and only one of those, Emirates Team New Zealand have made a multi-challenger Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Official sources report that a ninth team will be announced later this month, in Europe.

    Oracle Racing are also the Defender, meaning that there are just seven Challengers announced for the Louis Vuitton Cup, which is the Challenger Selection Series, for the America's Cup which will be sailed in September 2013. Late entries can still be accepted, however a serious team would have a full design team up an running from October-November 2010.

    The usual number of challengers for an America's Cup, since 1987, has been between 14-17 teams from 10-12 countries.

    The numbers announced in San Francisco are well down on that figure, despite a change to a new class, a 72ft catamaran, and claims by organisers of cost reductions in a campaign - disputed by experienced Challengers who off the record say that the costs are really unchanged from previous America's Cup campaigns put at USD100million.

    Absent from the announced lineup is an Australian team, however they were believed to have had representatives in San Francisco for today's function. The team, Team Australia came to Auckland in March and sailed the prototype AC45 yachts - at that stage available only to entered teams. Also missing is a Canadian team, who were believed to have pulled out soon after the Competitors Meeting in Auckland, when at that stage a USD200,000 performance bond was due on 30 April 2011.

    Due to the organiser's policy of not announcing entries, given the teams were unusually given the option of being recorded as an entry (in terms of numbers) but remaining confidential, it is not possible to track, with any degree of accuracy, which teams have dropped out from the original 15 announced at the end of March.


    All might not be over for Team Australia, which was believed to be a definite starter.

    Sail-World Australia spoke to team principal, Peter Baker: 'We have had a delay in financing but we expect to secure boat 11. We are down but we are not out.'

    Yachting Australia CEO Phil Jones says 'we received documentation very late from the Team Australia syndicate, however we have forwarded the supporting letters they sought. We are very keen to see an Australian America's Cup challenge and ahead of that believe the sight of AC45's racing on Sydney Harbour will bring a lot of corporate support to the Australian challenger. '

    The Australian approach is a two pronged one - to both mount a full America's Cup Challenge, and to host a round of the America's Cup World Series on Sydney Harbour.

    The announcement held in San Francisco's Ferry Building advised that the third round of the America's Cup World Series would be staged in San Diego from 12-20 November 2011. Previously the dates for that round were indeterminate. There was no announcement of further venues for the proposed 13 event series.

    Richard Worth, head of the America's Cup Event Authority, advised what was previously known, that there was a tender process underway and that further announcements as to the ACWS venues would be made in the near future.

    The fact that the Challenger numbers have almost halved from the original group is surprising given the relaxations that have occurred in the financial requirements for entry, where an original USD3million of performance bonds required to be posted in two stages, was first reduced and then eliminated completely.

    Under the new requirements for the America's Cup, all teams will have placed orders for the new AC45 prototype yachts, by last Friday 10 June 2011, and confirmed that with a 50% deposit on the EUR650,000 price-tag.

    The initial run of AC45's produced by Core Composites Builders, and others, in Auckland, New Zealand was for a run of ten AC45s, some of which were delivered in Auckland, and the rest will be shipped to Cascais.

    Oracle Racing have taken two of the AC45's, after 'chartering' one from Mascalzone Latino (ITA) the original Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. Given that the unannounced team does, in fact, eventuate then it would seem that with Oracle's two boats, the full build quota of ten AC45's will be taken up.


    Four times America’s Cup winner, Russell Coutts, 'red-lines' an AC45 in San Francisco - Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com Click Here to view large photo
    Mascalzone Latino, representing the Club Nautico di Roma, dropped out of the 34th America's Cup last month, and were replaced by Artemis Racing representing KSSS of Sweden. A complaint relating to that succession has been lodged by a two-time America's Cup winner, Emirates Team NZ, and is unresolved. It will be considered by the International Jury appointed for the event.

    Earlier this week, four times America's Cup winner, Russell Coutts, now with Oracle Racing cartwheeled one of the team's two AC45's while training on San Francisco Bay. The incident underlined the fact that for the first time ever, the America's Cup will be sailed in boats which are capable of being 'red-lined', and while time and finance will still be usual bogey-men of the America's Cup, so too will be boat handling capabilities of the teams.

    Absent from much of the information put out by teams and organisers are specifics of sailing team members and design team. Some, such as China Team, have announced that established sailors of the standing in the multihull world of Mitch Booth (Australia), will be involved. Energy Team, have the redoubtable Peyron brothers leading their challenge. Others, such as Emirates Team NZ and Artemis are re-training their soft sailed, monohull sailors into wingsailed multihull crew.

    However other newer teams were notable for announcing art directors ahead of skipper, sailor and design teams.

    It is not clear if the reduced entry size, which is consistent with earlier statements made by Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts and America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray of about eight teams, will reduce the economic impact benefit to San Francisco of $1.4billion from the 34th America's Cup

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    And the speculation now rests with who the next entry is.

    Several rumors suggest Greencom, an Italian syndicate, denied by the current Italian challenger. We'll see this week.

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    This next entry is GreenComm. Is it the same outfit which wanted to challenge in the 33rd? The same people who did not pay the bills for +39?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakunin View Post
    This next entry is GreenComm. Is it the same outfit which wanted to challenge in the 33rd? The same people who did not pay the bills for +39?
    My understanding is it's a different group.

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    I stand corrected - Greencom did try and lodge a very late challenge in the middle of the legal battle/DOG match.

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    The Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV) and Green Comm Racing announced the details of their Challenge for the 34th America’s Cup at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Valencia, Spain.

    The Green Comm Racing team, representing Spain’s RCNV, completes the field of nine teams from eight nations that will be on the starting line in 10 AC 45 catamarans at the first America’s Cup World Series event in August in Cascais, Portugal, the first competition in the lead-up to the 34th America’s Cup.

    The team’s objective is to promote and manage the “Green Revolution” by leveraging the media impact of international sport’s oldest trophy. The aim is to give visibility to the challenge of sustainability on a global scale by promoting the development of new technologies and new endeavors in the field of Green Tech.

    The team, led by Francesco De Leo (former Manager Director of Telecom Italia, former Director and Head of Strategy and International Operations of Wind and 1999 Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum), includes Marco Nannini - CEO (former Management Consultant to The Boston Consulting Group and Roland Berger) and Luca Devoti - Sport Team Manager (Silver Olympic Finn sailing and a successful sailing entrepreneur).

    The athletes who are part of the team are young and have an impressive track record in Olympic classes. The new America’s Cup will be raced in faster boats which will be physically more demanding than ever: a young team will be positioned to provide a competitive advantage.

    Green Comm Racing will be receiving its new AC45 multihull in July in order to ramp up the training sessions ahead of the first AC race in Cascais (Portugal).

    The RCNV will not only be the Green Comm Racing team’s operational base but it will be the global hub for selecting the next generation of talent through a number of trials which will be open to the best young sailors in Spain and across the world.

    To address the challenge of designing the AC72, Green Comm Racing has engaged two leading universities, University of Pisa and UCLA, both world class institutions working in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Sensory Wireless Networks. As a starting point for the development of the AC72, the team will take advantage of the existing design package prepared by ACRM.

    Green Comm Racing has a long term vision focused on sustainability. Interbrand, Sim2, Prodea Systems and Expo 2015 are among partners that have joined RCNV and Green Comm Racing for the launch of the challenge for the 34th America’s Cup; more partners will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome the Real Club Nautico de Valencia to the 34th America’s Cup, representing a nation known for its rich maritime history and its significance to the America's Cup. The Green Comm Racing, with their commitment to not just sailing excellence but also a sustainable future, will be a great complement to our strong group of competitors.”
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