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America's Cup

It looks increasingly likely that the 31st America's Cup season will see a total of 19 new boats built.
This brings the total number of ACC boats built to nearly 80 over the four America's Cups since 1992 when the class was first introduced.

As the first carbon laminate is placed on the mould for each new ACC boat a new sail number is issued. All ten Louis Vuitton Cup syndicates have been issued with at least one new sail number, several with two. So far the defender, Team New Zealand, has none, although it of course doesn't need new boats until a bit later.

GBR Challenge has recently announced that it will build a second new boat, but will not take it to New Zealand. This is not as strange as it sounds as the British Team will benefit, after the next Cup, from posessing two identical, latest generation boats with which to start training for the 32nd America's Cup.

Just recently Team Dennis Conner was issued with a second new sail number for this Cup, putting away any thoughts that this syndicate was short of funding.

Germany's Illbruck Challenge has a new boat three-quarters finished but is currently in a state of suspended animation whilst the short-term future of Germany's first challenge is decided.

Below is a definitive list of sail numbers already assigned:

USA-77 Team Dennis Conner boat 2
USA-76 Oracle Racing boat 2
SUI-75 Alinghi Challenge boat 2
ITA-74 Prada Challenge boat 1
SWE-73 Victory Challenge boat 2
ITA-72 Mascalzone Latino
USA-71 Oracle Racing boat one
GBR-70 GBR Challenge boat one
FRA-69 Le Défi Areva
GER-68 Illbruck Challenge
USA-67OneWorld Challenge boat two
USA-66Team Dennis Conner boat one
USA-65 OneWorld Challenge boat one
SUI-64 Alinghi Challenge boat one
SWE-63 Victory Challenge boat one

Still to commence construction and be assigned a sail number are:

Prada Challenge boat two
GBR Challenge boat two
Team New Zealand boat one
Team New Zealand boat two
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