America's Cup- Teams to meet in Paris, and new Extreme 40 alliance

A smiling Rolf Vrolijk (Alinghi) at the far end of the table at the Designers’ Conference in Valencia.

Stuart Alexander, highly respected Yachting Correspondent for the Independent (UK) reports on the latest developments in the America's Cup:

This week sees a meeting in Paris for potential teams for the next America’s Cup in 2013.

Outlining plans, including the launch of a new 45-foot class of wing sail catamaran being built in New Zealand, will be the new chief executive of America’s Cup Race Management, the Australian Iain Murray, along with chief operating officer Andy Hindley.

Britain’s Team Origin, which is disposing of many of its assets, will not be there, having pulled out of the event, but representatives from established outfits in Italy, New Zealand and Sweden are expected to be joined by new teams yet to be revealed. (Sail-World's guess at attendees include Mascalzone Latino, Aleph (FRA), Team New Zealand, Artemis (SWE), Synergy (RUS) plus the Defender BMW Oracle Racing. No official list will be published as the attending teams have requested confidentiality, for some reason.)

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In a second story in The Independent, Alexander reports that: Talks are underway between Britain’s Mark Turner, boss of the Offshore Challenges company set up originally with Dame Ellen MacArthur, and Switzerland’s former holder of the America’s Cup, Ernesto Bertarelli, over co-operation between Turner’s Extreme Sailing Series and the D35 catamaran series in which Bertarelli competes.

Turner, whose company recently linked up with sports event company ThirdPole, expects some interest in his series for 40-foot catamaran events from America’s Cup teams. Dean Barker and Team New Zealand made its debut at the final regatta of 2010 in Almeria, Spain, earlier this month.

Isle of Wight-base Offshore Challenges has been asked to submit proposals for running D35 catamaran regattas outside Switzerland, where, in the main, they are based. These could include running the two classes in parallel.

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