No, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.
After waking up on April 1, I received a news release from America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) indicating that overnight, a whole group of challengers had submitted applications. One of those was confirmed by ACRM to be Venezia Challenge, the expected entry from Italy, which we blogged about earlier in the week.
As of press time, there were thirteen (13) teams, including defender of record ORACLE Racing, that had been confirmed for the America’s Cup, although four (4) remain undisclosed. Two (2) further entries were being vetted against the ACRM’s entry guidelines and have yet to be confirmed for participation.
The nine confirmed, named entries are:
- Energy Team (FRA)
- Aleph-Equipe de France (FRA)
- Artemis Racing (SWE)
- China Team (CHN)
- Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
- Mascalzone Latino (ITA)
- Venezia Challenge (ITA)
- Team Australia (AUS)
- ORACLE Racing (Defender) (USA)
Also announced today were the venues for the first part of the 2011 America’s Cup World Series.
- Event One: Cascais, PortugalAugust 6 -14
- Event Two: Plymouth, England September 10-18
- Event Three: San Diego, California TBD, sometime between Oct-Dec
As author Mark Chisnell pointed out, the ACRM hasn’t done a fantastic job of choosing dates for the events, as the Cascais event clashes with pre-Olympic sailing for London 2012, which will take place in Weymouth, England.
While this is not such a problem for sailors themselves, it will stretch sailing media reporters quite thin. What do you think of the venues? Let us know in the comments below!