Six Teams Confirmed For 35th America’s Cup

August 21, 2014

Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup, with the defending champion Oracle Team USA to be challenged by Artemis Racing from Sweden, Ben Ainslie Racing from Great Britain, Emirates Team from New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy as well as Team France.

Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events at a venue of their choosing, while the final venue for the 35th America’s Cup will be either Bermuda or San Diego, with the selection to be made before the end of the year.

The skippers for the 35th America’s Cup. Top row [L-R] Jimmy Spithill, Iain Percy, Ben Ainslie; Second row [L-R] Dean Barker, Max Sirena, Franck Cammas

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Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA, said: “It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us. We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience. But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”

Iain Percy, Artemis Racing, said: “We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade. I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is about more than simply winning; it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way.”

Ben Ainslie, Ben Ainslie Racing, said: “We are delighted that Royal Yacht Squadron Racing’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup has been officially accepted. The America’s Cup originates from the Squadron and it is our goal to return the Cup to where it belongs.”

Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand, said: “New Zealand has a long and proud history in the America’s Cup. We see some formidable opposition taking shape in the 35th America’s Cup and we have no illusions about the job ahead. We have been working quietly behind the scenes towards this day almost since the last day of the 34th America’s Cup. Now the real work begins.”

Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Challenge, said: “This is Luna Rossa’s fifth challenge to the America’s Cup, an historic record. Not only does it underline the attachment of our team to the America’s Cup, but it also shows our determination to bring the Cup to Italy. This edition will be very competitive and our team has already been preparing for several months now in view of a challenge that promises to be spectacular and exciting right from its preliminary events, the America’s Cup World Series, that will take place next year.”

Franck Cammas, Team France, said: “Team France is very proud to be a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. We are taking the first step of a journey that we know will be very difficult. With Olivier de Kersauson, Michel Desjoyeaux and our team, we are determined to represent France at the highest level from a sporting and technological point of view. I thank all of our partners and supporters, as without you, we would not even see the beginning of our journey, much less the road ahead.”

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  1. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    This is stellar news. I really should put my wealth to use and build an America’s Cup team to enter into this prestigious yachting event. To put if frankly, I need to buy this event, hold it in Bermuda and rename it Boden’s Cup. The yacht club, BBIRYC, that I am the commodore of is really looking forward to doing all we can do to to help with this event.

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Can somebody fill us in on who the BBIRYC is. Never heard of them.

    I’m guessing it is the Baileys Bay something or other Yacht Club.