America’s Cup Management announced Dec. 18 the entry list for the 33rd America’s Cup, which includes 19 teams.
Aside from the Defender, Alinghi, and the Challenger of Record, Desafío Español, a total of 21 teams presented a Notice of Entry. Seventeen teams were accepted and three were denied entry, as no further documentation beyond the Notice of Entry was received by the Dec. 15 entry deadline. Carbon Challenge, the Royal Belgium Sailing Club entry, has withdrawn.
Absent from the list of entrants were U.S. teams BMW Oracle and Anarchy Challenge. Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle Corp., said Dec. 9 that his Golden Gate Yacht Club sailing team, BMW Oracle Racing, would ignore the Dec. 15 filing deadline for the regatta.
Instead, BMW Oracle Racing and the sponsoring San Francisco Golden Gate YC will await the outcome of their last-chance appeal that will be heard by the New York State Court of Appeals early next year. If Golden Gate YC wins, it’s likely the Americans and Swiss would meet in a rare one-on-one showdown in giant multihulls.
“There’s no chance we will agree to the set of rules that Alinghi currently has on the table. No way,” Ellison told the Associated Press by phone from the Canary Islands, where he was sailing in a regatta.
In a Dec. 17 release
, California’s Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club, which is based in Carlsbad, announced that it had submitted an entry -- Anarchy Challenge -- for the 33rd America’s Cup. Scot Tempesta, commodore of the club and founder of the sailing Web site SailingAnarchy.com, told The Log News Service by phone Dec. 18 that the club had not heard back on their application. He acknowledged that they “were indeed late” in submitting some of the required documentation.
On Dec. 19, Sailing Anarchy YC said in a release that it had been informed by Paco Latorre, communications director for race organizer America’s Cup Management, that its Anarchy Challenge had been denied entry into the 33rd America’s Cup.
Established in 2007, Sailing Anarchy YC is one of a handful of yacht clubs born on the Internet. It has approximately 400 members and is registered and sanctioned by US Sailing, Tempesta said.
The 33rd America’s Cup teams (in order of entry) include: Alinghi, (Swiss) – Defender; Desafío Español (Spain) – Challenger of Record; Shosholoza (South Africa); TeamOrigin (Great Britain); Team New Zealand (New Zealand); Deutscher Challenger Yacht Club (Germany); Green Comm Challenge (Italy); Ayre Challenge (Spain); Victory Challenge (Sweden); Argo Challenge (Italy); Mascalzone Latino (Italy); Team French Spirit (France); Luna Rossa (Italy); Russia Team (Russia); Joe Fly (Italy); K-Challenge (France); Greek Challenge (Greece); Dabliu Sail Project (Italy) and China Team (China).
The 33rd America’s Cup schedule is for two pre-regattas in Valencia in 2009 -- the first in July and the second in October -- plus, the Club Náutico Español de Vela annual regatta in November, followed by an America’s Cup Match in 2010.