Friday, 17 June 2011
Team Australia tries out the AC45 in Auckland. Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com
by Team Australia media
Team Australia’s entry into America’s Cup 45 World Series Event has been delayed. Despite securing Team support from the local sailing authorities this week, Team Australia was not announced as a contestant by race organisers at a press conference in San Francisco.
Despite this setback Team Australia are resolved to continue their attempts to secure an America's Cup 45 World Series Event in Australia and will intensify their efforts to put an Australian team on the water.
There are many in the Australian sailing community who believe the sight of the AC45 catamarans racing on Sydney Harbour will bring a lot of corporate support in behind the Australian challenger, and many in the sailing and non sailing communities regard securing an America's Cup 45 World Series Event in an Australian port to be an essential component of any successful Australian challenge for the America’s Cup.
The group along with a number of corporate supporters met with NSW State Government authorities this week to impress upon them the local economic benefits of staging an America’s Cup World Series Event on Sydney Harbour and to highlight the strategic marketing opportunities that would be delivered to the state and the country through an event of this kind.
As the 2012 venues have yet to be announced, Sydney remains a potential venue for a World Series act next January and Team Australia members will continue to work with local event authorities and with the America’s Cup Event Management toward the delivery of an America’s Cup World Series Event to Australian shores.
The team remains optimistic and will continue working towards a positive result for Australia and for sailing in Australia.