Some hot news: one team gives up other joins in.
Mascalzone Latino a big team with a great sailing record is probably out:
Giornale Della Vela | Onorato pensa di ritirare Mascalzone Latino dalla Coppa America Vincenzo Onorato fondatore di Mascalzone Latino non smentisce e anzi a sorpresa confer
They cannot find the 80 millions needed to race.
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And a French time is in, The Energy team.
This one, if they can find the money for a good campaign (I don't believe they can) would be among the favorites:
Within a month of the official announcement last September that the America’s Cup was to be raced aboard multihulls,the Peyron brothers announced that they wanted to bring French know-how together to set up a Challenge to attempt to win the prestigious trophy. That is exactly what they have now achieved.
Energy Team, the new French challenge set up around Bruno and Loïck Peyron, has been officially registered for the 34th America’s Cup since 27th January 2011. It is the sixth Challenger aiming to grab the silver ewer.
To fulfil this ambition, Energy Team has signed an exclusive partnership with Multiplast, the boatyard based in Vannes (Brittany), which is one of the international references in the world of multihull construction (Orange I and II, Groupama 3). The Multiplast yard will be reserved for Energy Team. The construction of the first AC72 catamaran will begin on 1st September with her launch planned for April 2012. Yann Penfornis, managing director of the yard, will be coordinating the AC 72 design and construction teams, under the supervision of Loïck Peyron".
34th America's Cup: Energy Team is sixth challenger
These are the guys:
, skipper of the AC45 and AC72: 6 times F60 world champion, 8 times F28 Trophy Champion winner,
: 8 times world ocean records champion, skipper of the G Class, which will be the ambassador for Energy Team,
: helmsman with Loïck Peyron : Extreme 40 world number 2, Member of the French Olympic team,
: performance team, the only Frenchman to have won the America’s Cup with BMW Oracle Racing which he was the wing sail trimmer.
: performance team, member of the French Olympic team, one of the world’s top 5 Tornado and F18 racers over the past ten years.
: coach for young talent. Former member of the French Olympic team, he was Tornado gold medallist in Barcelona in 1992. He will be joining the team to prepare the "Youth America's Cup" that the American Defender islaunching.