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    Adelasia of Torres To Challenge For America's Cup

    A second Italian syndicate have signalled their intention*to challenge for the America's Cup.
    Sardinia-based Adelasia of Torres announced on Wednesday their hope*of being in Auckland in 2021.

    They are fronted by Renato Azara who runs the Mediterranean island's major freight company as well as a maritime agency that services the needs of super yachts.
    He will have Duccio Colombi at his side. Colombi has won 11 Italian championships in different sailing classes, two European championships and four world championships.

    The search is now on to find backers for the ambitious project with Azara mixing excitment with prudence.
    "We will participate in the America's Cup and the boat, all in carbon, will be built in Olbia," revealed Azara.
    "The consortium is ready and we are already putting together the sponsors. This is an open consortium, because around the project of Adelasia we hope to bring the whole of Sardinia.
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    "The revolutionary scope of this project, in fact, lies in the fact that we do not want a shipyard that builds our boat, but that the shipyard becomes a partner of this challenge."

    Adelasia of Torres has proven competitive in a range of international monohull regattas in the Mediterranean.
    They join Sicilian neighbours Luna Rossa for the 36th America's Cup.

    Luna Rossa are the challenger of record on the back of their strong relationship with America's Cup holders Emirates Team New Zealand.
    If Adelasia of Torres can cement their challenge, a promising fleet is building for 2021.

    The New York Yacht Club and Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing will be part of the action.

    Former Cup winner Tom Slingsby reports progress with his attempts to establish an Australian challenge and Team France have also indicated they will again be involved.
    Entries don't officially open until January 1 and the class rule for the new foiling 75-foot monohull will only be released on March 31. article
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