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26 November 2003, 01:09 pm
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America's Cup

After weeks of speculation and rumour the official existence of a new Italian Challenge for the XXXII America's Cup was finally revealed this week end in Livorno.
As rumoured, the Toscana Challenge has purchased USA 66 and USA 77 from the Team Dennis Conner.

These yachts will enable the team to undertake a two boat training programme in Italian waters from which benchmark data will be derived to aid the development of two new IACC boats (will be called 'Mediterranea' and 'Mediterraneo'), as well as giving the sailing team maximum experience.

The Toscana Challenge also introduced his crew, which will include:

- Terry Hutchinson (USA, tactician for Stars & Stripes 2003, trimmer for AmericaOne 2000) ;
- Karol Jablonski (POL) ;
- Adrian Stead (GBR, tactician for GBR Challenge 2003),
- Pietro Dali (ITA, mainsail trimmer for Prada 2000 & 2003) ;
- Stefano Rizzi (ITA, trimmer for Prada 2000) ;
- Claudio Celon (ITA, trimmer for Prada 2000 and Italia 1987) ;
- Morgan Trubovich (NZL, trimmer for Stars & Stripes 2000 & 2003) ;
- James Baxter (NZL, trimmer for AmericaOne 2000) ;
- Peter Dorian (AUS, trimmer for AmericaOne 2000)
- Giacomo Picchi (ITA) ;
- Lars Borgstrom (ITA, trimmer for Prada 2000 & 2003) ;
- Flavio Grassi (ITA, trimmer for Mascalzone Latino 2003) ;
- Massimo Galli (ITA, grinder for Prada 2000 & 2003) ;
- Alberto Fantini (ITA, bowman for Mascalzone Latino 2003) ;
- Danilo Arvigo (ITA) ;
- Angelo Romanengo (ITA) ;
- Shannon Falcone (ITA, grinder for Mascalzone Latino 2003) ;
- Romolo Emiliani (ITA).

On the shore team side, the Toscana Challenge has secured the services of :

- Matteo Gallamini (ITA, Mascalzone Latino 2003) ;
- Roberto Ferrarese (team manager) ;
- Andrea Madaffari (Athletic Team).
Toscana MEdia (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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