How many of the America's Cup challenging teams might find the funds to compete in the Louis Vuitton elimination event next year?
Three of the teams were fully committed: Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. As for the other five teams, Aleph
(FRA) was the only team that acknowledged they could not proceed. Among the other four teams, they all said it was their plan to proceed, though only one said it with conviction: Green Comm Racing (ESP).
"There has been speculation whether Green Comm Racing will have an AC72 yacht," said Pierre Orphanidis, Green Comm Racing press officer. "I can tell you that not only will we have an AC72 yacht, we are fully committed to that, we are not involved just for fun or to play. So Grant Dalton beware, and Dean Barker beware (both of Emirates Team New Zealand), on the waters in San Francisco, 13 months from now, it won't be that easy."
And which team announced on Tuesday they have dropped out of the 34th America's Cup? Green Comm Racing.
While the final competitor count may not come until June 1 when an entry payment is to be made, here is the current list of teams:
Defender - 1
Oracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA)
Challenger - 6
Artemis Racing, Kungliga Svenska Segal Sallskapet (SWE) China Team, Mei Fan Yacht Club (CHN) Emirates Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (NZL) Energy Team, Yacht Club de France (FRA) Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, Circolo della Vela Sicilia (ITA) Team Korea, Sail Korea Yacht Club (ROK)