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Golden Gate YC San Francisco, USA
Oracle Team USA
Challenger of Record (reported):
The Challenger of Record (COR) is the first challenger accepted by the Defender of the America's Cup. The COR has lead position in negotiating the mutual consent terms of the next Defense with the Defender/Trustee such as time, location, type of yachts, Match format, and details rules, though in the past additional prospective challengers have sometimes also participated in the shaping of the conditions for the next match. Traditionally, the Defender and COR will set the initial terms and then Notices of Challenger from additional Yachts Clubs and their representatives will be submitted. The COR's Notice of Challenge was accepted as the winner crossed the finish line in the most recent America's Cup Match.
Australian Challenge |
Hamilton Island YC AUS
An all-Australian crew is a possibility, which would fit with other reports of trying to restore a greater sense of national representation to America's Cup competition, though Sandy Oatley told Perth Now that the composition of a crew will ultimately depend on the talent available as the challenge takes shape.
Iain Murray will lead the challenge, it was announced in late November. In 2013 Murray served as Regatta Director and head of America's Cup Race Management, but has often sailed with the Oatleys and has a professional history with Hamilton Island and his joining the Aussie effort was seen as likely from the time the Challenger of Record's identity was revealed. “I have long been an avid supporter and ally of Bob Oatley,” said Murray. “When I received the invitation to lead Australia back into the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000 on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club, there was only ever going to be one answer.” Murray was designer, skipper, and leader of Task Force Defence '87, the Australian defender of the America's Cup in 1987, sailing Kookaburra III against Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes. This is the first Australian challenger for the America's Cup since Young Australia in 2000.
Challengers from 2013:
| Royal Swedish YC (Kungliga
Svenska Segel Sällskapet) SWE
Emirates Team New Zealand |
Royal New Zealand YS
Continuing the team in the short term relies on having funding available quickly in order to retain key personnel. For 2003, the government of NZ provided this financial package to help bridge from one Cup cycle to the next. NZ Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce told the NZ Herald on Sept 28 that the country will consider funding the team again once they have more details of the next America's Cup. Dalton, speaking on radio in NZ, though, said that team members are being heavily recruited by other campaigns just days after the the end of the 2013 America's Cup Match. Dean Barker on October 1 told the NZ Herald the same story, that some immediate funding will be needed very soon to prevent other teams from hiring away vital talent. Dalton again made similar comments, also to the NZ Herald, in the process implying that he will help guide the team through a transition to the next Cup cycle, but it's not clear who will lead TNZ after Dalton's departure. Questioned by media, Russell Coutts did not rule out his own involvement according to one report, though there has yet to be any public sign of interest in that from TNZ, and Barker said Oct 2 that such a scenario was "highly unlikely." At the team's welcome home ceremony in Auckland on October 4, there were pledges to help fund the team, but no commitment yet to a dollar amount or timing.
Funding for the last challenge was not without some criticism in national politics, and there was some conflict with pressing needs at home especially in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake. Officials have previously made the business case for assisting the team, registering benefits from the international visibility of the team as a competitor, the promotion of the New Zealand boat-building industry, and hoping especially for the economic impact from tourists and competitors if the challenge succeeds and returns the event to the country. Additionally, a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign for the team has raised an amount over $100,000 at last report. Grant Dalton told stuff.co.nz in December that after an international fundraising tour, he was "cautiously optimistic" about securing sponsorship for the next challenge, but that funding deals would not be certain until details about the next regatta are set.
Glenn Ashby has been re-signed for the next campaign, it was reported in December when Dalton also stated that he had been about 95% successful in retaining talent, citing the loss of only one key (unnamed) designer.
ETNZ's America's Cup record: Challenger (won 5-0), 1995; Defender (won 5-0), 2000; Defender, 2003 (lost 0-5); Challenger, 2007 (lost 2-5); Challenger 2013 (lost 8-9). Emirates Team New Zealand Blog | ETNZ America's Cup Team Site
Rossa Challenge (Prada) |
Circolo della Vela
Luna Rossa's America's Cup record: Challenger, 2000 (lost 0-5); Challenger of Record, 2003; Louis Vuitton Cup Finalist, 2007 (lost 0-5 to ETNZ). 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup Finalist (lost to ETNZ). Luna Rossa Team Site and America's Cup Team Site
2013 ACWS Only Teams:
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Hopefuls: Potential New Challengers:
Ben Ainslie Racing |
A story January 9, 2012, by Kate Laven at The Telegraph said instead that Ainslie would join Oracle Team USA, but compete on his own AC45, and in the process possibly flush out backing for a full-on challenger campaign in the following America's Cup. On January 10, 2012, at his press conference Ainslie confirmed that he signed with Oracle for the 2013 America's Cup and was not mounting his own independent challenge, but looked to do so for the 35th Defense. Ainslie raced an AC45 yacht in the America's Cup World Series, beginning in San Francisco in August, 2012, and played a major role in Oracle's defense of the America's Cup, skippering the second boat to tune up Jimmy Spithill, and then coming onboard the defender during the match as tactician.
Funding for the AC45 effort came from Larry Ellison at first, and some from name sponsor JP Morgan, according to Ainslie. Based on his press conference comments, support for the ACWS was at least in the £3 million per season range.
Following the end of the 2013 America's Cup, Ainslie said Sept 29 he is exploring funding for a challenge, and wants to sign top design talent as soon as possible, according to the BBC. A decision on whether to challenge is expected to be made within "a matter of weeks," Ainslie told ITV a couple days later. By early December, Ainslie reported that fundraising was "doing well." As of February, 2013, Ainslie still reported that he was working to line up financing, estimating a total budget at $100M US, one-third coming from major backers Sir Keith Mills and Charles Dunstone, and the rest from other sponsors. Over the past several years, Mills has discussed funding a British challenger at several junctures, but retreated each time, usually with criticisms of the commercial prospects as he saw them. Announcements of the format, yachts, and timing for the next America's Cup, currently surrounded by various degrees of uncertainty, may help Ainslie and other potential challengers secure support for their campaigns.
In the America's Cup World Series, BAR represented the Royal Cornwall YC, which Ainslie has been associated with since he was a junior sailor. It is not confirmed whether that is the same club BAR would represent if an entry is made for the 35th America's Cup.
Team France |
Yacht Club de France FRA
Australian Bob Oately
| Royal Vancouver YC
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