Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nineteen teams entered to race for the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010

[Source: Alinghi] AC Management today announced the entry list for the 33rd America’s Cup that includes 19 teams, eight of which are new entries. All of the 32nd America’s Cup challengers have re-entered, bar one.

Aside from the Defender, Alinghi and the Challenger of Record, Desafío Español, a total of 21 teams presented a Notice of Entry and 17 were accepted. Three of the entered teams are pending minor details towards their official registration and have been granted an extension until January 15. Three other teams were denied entry as no further documentation beyond the Notice of Entry was received by the December 15 entry deadline. Carbon Challenge has withdrawn.

Video motion of the 33rd America's Cup entry list. Valencia, 18 December 2008. Video copyright Alinghi

The teams have been working together over the past few months at regular Competitor Meetings to amend the 33rd America’s Cup Protocol and to design the new class rule; this process is ongoing and will continue into the New Year with further meetings planned and a publication date for the class rule scheduled for the end of January.

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.

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper, comments on a very exciting fleet: “Having 19 teams from 12 countries entered for the 33rd America’s Cup is a clear expression of the huge worldwide interest in the competition. It’s fantastic to see such an international fleet with newcomers such as Russia. It is also significant that all but one of the teams from the previous edition have entered again. We will continue to work together with these challengers to make the 33rd America’s Cup a success, regardless of BMW Oracle’s decision to pursue their legal strategy to eliminate all challengers and force their way into an America’s Cup Match, something they have never achieved on the water.”

33rd America’s Cup teams (in order of entry):

1. Alinghi, Société Nautique de Genève (SUI) – Defender
2. Desafío Español, Club Náutico Español de Vela (ESP) – Challenger of Record
3. Shosholoza, Royal Cape Yacht Club (RSA)
4. TeamOrigin, Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR)
5. Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (NZL)
6. DCYC, Deutscher Challenger Yacht Club (GER)
7. Green Comm Challenge, Circolo di Vela Gargano (ITA)
8. Ayre Challenge, Real Club Náutico de Dénia (ESP)
9. Victory Challenge, Gamla Stans Yacht Skallskap (SWE)
10. Argo Challenge, Club Nautico Gaeta (ITA)
11. Mascalzone Latino, Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia (ITA)
12. Team French Spirit, Yacht Club de St Tropez (FRA)
13. Luna Rossa, Yacht Club Punta Ala (ITA)
14. Russia Team - Fiona, Yacht Club Seven Feet (RUS)
15. Joe Fly, Società Canottieri Lecco (ITA)
16. K-Challenge, Cercle de la Voile de Paris (FRA)
17. Greek Challenge, N.O.K. Poseidon - Nautical Club of Kalamata (GRC)
18. Dabliu Sail Project (ITA)
19. China Team, Qingdao International Yacht Club (CHN)

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At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did Alinghi/ACM reject the only other American-flagged entry???

What are they afraid of?

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably afraid for letting more complaining Americans in and ruining things with a useless entry.

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats exactly right, great comment! The American BOR team has given US sailors a very bad name all over the world. Its hard to believe that a single vastly overblown ego such as Mr. Ellison can try to railroad and take hostage the entire AC community. The childish court maneuvers of BOR have cost the AC and its international community lost sponsorships, lost recognition, lost employment opportunities for sailors. And all of that simply because Mr. Ellison couldn't produce sailing results on the water; now he has to try to win the cup in the court room.

BOR is a massive shame for any American sailor. Of course any other American entry will have to "suffer" the negative stigma created by an arrogant BOR team and its childish leader. BOR: get out of the AC, and PLEASE don't come back any time soon!

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous towanda said...

So SAYC were denied entry because of BOR lawsuit?? That tell you how this Alinghi Cup is going to be managed.... Denied entry to a team solely for the flag they have, and maybe more arbitrary decisions that we will find with time. Or ask Carbon Challenge why they took off their entry: "They had some issues with the wording of the protocol....". And they have seen it.... Dee, it is going to be an awful cup with no real guts, only nodding heads to Alinghi and their whims!!

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it is going to be an awful cup with no real guts, only nodding heads to Alinghi and their whims!!"

Yes thats right Team New Zealand,TeamOrigin and Luna Rossa are going to let Alinghi win if they get in the final.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Norberto said...

for the 2:04 anonymous:

as if il signore bertarelli had not a vastly overblown ego either. but since he THINKS the america's cup is HIS sandbox (which it is NOT, he - sng indeed - is supposed to be a mere trustee (but can we trust them?), not the owner of it) and his ego is in fact so big that there is no room for anyone else's ego to play.
i strongly believe the wise men from the appelation court will bring the cup back to its rails.

re: towanda's comment - i agree copletely with you. this kind of arbitrarity is what oracle has been fighting since the beginning.

oh, and btw, i'm not american, ok?

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously some posters exhibit the same incredible arrogance as the BOR team, the self proclaimed "saviors of the free sailing world". In case you haven't noticed yet: all participants of the last AC have registered plus a bunch of new entries. All of them sat down and worked out a fair protocol. All of them have pleaded with BOR to stop their silliness.

Fact is that BOR wants to win the AC in the court room, as they have not won ANYTHING on the water. They are a pathetic team resorting to kindergarten tactics. Its a shame that the reputation of US Sailing suffers because of the stpidity of Mr. Ellison.

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BOR team has been looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Allinghi team, soon they will declare war and invade the Yacht Club ...... of course to make peace!

At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norberto; yes, of course both have large egos, however Mr. Bertareelli has sat down with all the challengers, and they have mutually agreed to the new protocol. A protocol that was proclaimed by ALL challengers as fair (and I don't think there were guns held to the heads of the challengers)

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Norberto said...

to the 3:48 pm anonymous.
money is much more powerful than guns. and in the current state of the world economy i really doubt many of those "challengers" can live without ernie's "financial help".

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norberto, you mus have been watching too many American movies lately. You need to take a reality check, urgently!

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"free sailing world" ya right The Cup is a Challenge Cup & there are very few in sailing but only one that is governed by a NYSC Trust. Of course that's the America's Cup but you don't understand that because you haven't read the documents.

The reasons The Cup is in court is because SNG can't read the Deed. They think it's some weekend regatta they can do whatever they want to. But that' not the case as they are a Trustee of The Cup who has failed in their job to protect the Deed from people who want to change the wishes of the writer.

GGYC understands & that's why this makes sense to those that have read the Deed & history of The Cup -

"SNG and CNEV are entitled to hold a different kind of sailing regatta if you choose. But without several top competitors and major sponsors, without fair rules, without any regard for 157 years of America’s Cup tradition, and, most importantly, with your Club’s continuing reckless disregard for the Deed of Gift, it won't be an America's Cup. It will simply be an Alinghi Cup, and we see no good reason to participate."


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