Welcome, China Team
What do ORACLE Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Mascalzone
Latino have in common with China Team? All four teams are entered in the
34th America’s Cup after having competed in the 32nd America’s Cup as
China Team is the latest challenger to go public for the 34th
America’s Cup. With full support from the Chinese government, China Team
became public today with a press conference in Beijing. Joining the
Chinese team officials and dignitaries were Richard Worth, Chairman of
America’s Cup Event Authority, and Bruno Trouble, representing the Louis
Vuitton Cup challenger series.
The team is led by Chaoyong Wang, the founding partner and Chief
Executive Officer of ChinaEquity International Holding Co., Ltd., a
China-based independent venture capital firm which focuses on the
technology, media and telecommunications sectors in Greater China.
Mr. Wang has won several venture capital awards in China, serves as
an advisor to several government funds and organizations and is a member
of the Board of Governors and the Secretary General of China Venture
“All boats need to be designed by the team, and built in country. We
have been working with some of the best worldwide designers for hull and
wings for a few months already, in partnership with top Chinese
universities. This is an opportunity to showcase China’s talents in the
leading-edge hi-tech areas of both hydrodynamics and aeronautics. Our
boat will then be built in China, and ready to sail by February 2012,”
said Mr. Wang.
Thierry Barot, CEO of China Team has been busy recruiting the
worldwide and Olympic champion sailors who will be responsible for
training the sailing team. “Our boat will be powered mainly by Chinese
sailors, and we are very fortunate to have an elite team of
international sailors to come to China and train our Chinese team.”
Read the article: http://www.americascup.com/news/china-team-to-contest-the-34th-americas-cup_73
China Team announces its challenge for the 34th America’s Cup in
Beijing, featuring (from left) Bruno Troublé, Louis Vuitton; Grace
Zhang, Louis Vuitton; Li Quanhai, Chinese Water Sports Bureau; Wang Chao
Yong, China Team; Xiao Tian, China Yachting Association; Richard Worth,
America’s Cup Event Authority; Noëlle Smulders and Thierry Barot, China
Team (© China Team).
Cup field swells to 10 entries
The field of entries for the 34th America’s Cup increased to 10 last
week with two additional entries, which at the time were both private.
After this morning’s announcement revealing China Team as Challenger
No. 8, seven of the nine challengers are public: Mascalzone Latino
(Italy, Challenger of Record), Aleph-Équipe de France, Artemis Racing
(Sweden), China Team, Emirates Team New Zealand, Energy Team (France)
and Team Australia.
The field also includes ORACLE Racing, the defense team candidate.
“We are very pleased to welcome our eighth challenger, China Team, to
the 34th America’s Cup,” said Richard Worth, Chairman of the America’s
Cup Event Authority. “China Team makes a wonderful addition, bringing
another continent of athletes into our international field of strong
competitors, as well as a very powerful market to add to the commercial
strength of the 34th America’s Cup.”
With the initial entry deadline just three days away, Thursday, March
31, the field for the 34th Cup is shaping up nicely. The 10 entries are
equivalent to the recent history of the America’s Cup, which averaged
11 entries for the three events between 2000 and 2007.
Read the article: And then there were 10
34th America’s Cup Entries
There are currently eight teams (the defender and seven challengers) entered in the 34th America’s Cup:
Defender: ORACLE Racing/USA
Challengers: Aleph-Équipe de France
Artemis Racing (Sweden)
Emirates Team New Zealand
Energy Challenge (France)
Mascalzone Latino (Italy, Challenger of Record)
Challenger #7 – Confirmed/Confidential
Challenger #9 – Confirmed/Confidential