Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup

The skippers for the 35th America's Cup. Top row (L-R) - Jimmy Spithill, Iain Percy, Ben Ainslie; Second row (L-R) - Dean Barker, Max Sirena, Franck Cammas

The skippers for the 35th America’s Cup.
Top row (L-R) – Jimmy Spithill, Iain Percy, Ben Ainslie;
Second row (L-R) – Dean Barker, Max Sirena, Franck Cammas

ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), the defending champion
Artemis Racing (SWE)
Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)
Team France (FRA)

“It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience.

“But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”

The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, who will then face each other in the America’s Cup Match.

Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events at a venue of their choosing, while the final venue for the 35th America’s Cup will be either Bermuda or San Diego, with the selection to be made before the end of the year.

Under the rules of the event, late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the America’s Cup organizers.