Today Thierry Barot, CEO China Team, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mark Evans, MD McConaghys International in Zhuhai, China. McConaghys will be building the AC72 for China Team to compete in AC34 in San Francisco.
'It’s just signing a piece of paper,' said Barot, 'but it’s so much more than that. I am so pleased that we have McConaghys on board for the next China Team America’s Cup challenge. We know that the construction of our AC72 is now in safe hands.'
Evans said, 'we are delighted to be involved in a second China Team challenge – we built the China boat for AC32 – and are looking forward to making our contribution to an Asian presence in the next America’s Cup'.
China Team is one of the challengers that have come up with all the relevant ‘progress payments’ to date. Fresh back from playing with their AC45 in Auckland, Barot says he is looking forward to mixing it up with the other challengers in Cascais at the first AC Series regatta in August.