Saturday, 26 March 2011
Three AC45s training together off Auckland. Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
by Hannah Davis
With the entry deadline of 31st March fast approaching, two more teams have been accepted as competitors for the 34th America's Cup.
Formal, public announcements by these two teams, revealing their identities, nationalities and plans are expected as early as next week.
"With the deadline for entries coming at the end of this month, it's fantastic to have two more competitors in the line-up this week," said Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup.
"This brings us up to 10 teams in the competition with a little over a week remaining before the deadline for entries."
These two competitors for the America's Cup join ranks with ALEPH-ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE (France), Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), Energy Team (France), Mascalzone Latino (Italy), ORACLE Racing (USA), Team Australia, and one other undisclosed team.
The entry process and validation procedures are set out in the America's Cup Rules and can be found at americascup.com.
The entry period for the 34th America's Cup runs November 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.
Note from SailRaceWin: One of the teams yet to announce is ALL4ONE; others in the running are likely to be Synergy (who are represented in managing the 34th AC), and possibly Venezia Challenge. Argo Challenge is still raising funds for its campaign.