Nine skippers representing seven countries and five America's Cup syndicates will take to the waters off the coast of Spilt, Croatia.
The ACI Cup 2001 is the sixth event of the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour.
Sweden's Magnus Holmberg of Team StoraEnso and the Swedish Victory Challenge headlines the list of skippers. With three events remaining Holmberg is also leading the Swedish Match Tour with 80 points.
Joining Holmberg off the coast of Dalmatia is Team New Zealand's Bertrand Pace. Pace is Holmberg's closest challenger for the overall championship crown with 49 championship points entering the regatta. Pace, champion of the inaugural Swedish Match Tour, showed he is on top of his game in 2001, winning the recent Steinlager Line 7 Cup in Auckland, NZ, in March. A strong showing in Split by Pace will add significant pressure to Holmberg with only two events remaining on the Tour.
Other skippers lining up in Split include Gavin Brady of the Prada Challenge who has sailed extremely well at the last two events on the Swedish Match Tour. Brady was a runner-up at both the Steinlager Line 7 Cup and the Sun Microsystems Australia Cup, finishing second to Pace in Auckland and Peter Gilmour of Team Pizza La and the One World Challenge in Perth. Andy Green of the GBR Challenge and Chris Dickson of the Oracle Racing Team are two additional America's Cuppers competing in Split. Danes Jesper Radich and Jes Gram-Hansen, regulars on the Tour, will also be skippering entries. Rounding out the list of competitors is Italian Paolo Cian of Mascalzone Latino and the Croatian National Match Racing Champion.