America's Cup: Second French Challenger accepted

AC45 from inside the hulls

The Yacht Club de France is the sixth challenger to be accepted as a Competitor in the 34th America's Cup to be held in San Francisco in September 2013.

This brings the current total to seven confirmed and validated competitors for the 34th America's Cup. The seven include ALEPH Equipe de France, Artemis Racing, Mascalzone Latino, ORACLE RACING, two undisclosed teams, and now the Yacht Club de France team.

There will be an announcement on Wednesday, 9 February, in Paris to reveal details of the challenging team.

'We're pleased to be able to announce that a sixth challenger has been accepted for the 34th America's Cup,' said Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management (ACRM).

'This is the second entry from France, confirming the country's strong interest in sailing and the America's Cup. In addition to a rich heritage in the Cup, France has a strong tradition in multihull design and racing, making this edition of the America's Cup of particular interest.'

In fact, France is the only nation to challenge in every multi-challenger edition of the America's Cup, a tradition which started with the inimitable Baron Bich in 1970.

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

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