America's Cup: Eighth entry received - now seven challengers

Team NZ prepare for training in the AC45 - 14 February 2011

America's Cup event organizers have confirmed the receipt of an eighth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected soon.

The receipt of an eighth entry for the 34th America's Cup in 2013 was confirmed today. This seventh challenger for the America's Cup joins ranks with Aleph (France), Artemis Racing (Sweden), Energy Team (France), Mascalzone Latino (Italy), Team Australia, and one undisclosed team. (S-W: Believed to be Team NZ). The United States' Oracle Racing, vying to Defend the Cup, is the eighth entrant.

'With the AC45 sea trials underway for entered Cup competitors, we're pleased to confirm the addition of an eighth team to the international field of entries to date,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).

ACRM is managing the day-to-day operations of the AC45 wing-sailed catamaran as entered teams take turns putting the boat through its paces. The AC45 is the forerunner to the larger AC72, which will be sailed in the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013.

The entry process and validation procedures are set out in the America's Cup Rules and can be found at www.americascup.com.

The entry period for the 34th America's Cup runs November 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.