The Friday deadline for teams to be accepted as challengers for the 32nd America's Cup is looming large. As written in the Terms of Challenge, challenges will be accepted until 1600 hours on the 29 April. No new challenges will be considered after the deadline passes on Friday afternoon.
Over the past several days, the Defender, Alinghi
(SUI) and the Challenger of Record, BMW ORACLE Racing
(USA) have clarified the intent of the language in the Terms of Challenge, stating that the 'deadline' refers to receipt of all necessary information (bank drafts, Notice of Challenge, several other sworn documents), as opposed to the information having been evaluated and accepted as bona fide by the Defending yacht club, the Société Nautique de Genève.
The organizers of the 32nd America's Cup intend to communicate how many teams, if any, have submitted their challenges by the 1600 deadline, later on Friday afternoon. More details regarding the identity of the teams and the acceptance of their challenges will be released the following week.
As well as Alinghi and BMW ORACLE Racing eight other teams have been accepted as Challengers.
The full line-up of competitors will race in six Louis Vuitton Acts in 2005 across three venues; racing for the season begins in Valencia, Spain on 16 June, shifting to Malmö-Skåne, Sweden in August and Trapani, Italy at the end of September.
(Challengers in order of acceptance)
- Team Alinghi (SUI) - Defender
Société Nautique de Genève
- BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) - Challenger Of Record
Golden Gate Yacht Club
- +39 Challenge (ITA)
Circolo Vela Gargnano
- Team Shosholoza (RSA)
Royal Cape Yacht Club
- Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
- Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)
Yacht Club Italiano
- K-Challenge (FRA)
Cercle de la Voile de Paris
- Victory Challenge (SWE)
Gamla Stans Yacht Sällskap
- DESAFIO ESPAÑOL (ESP)
Real Federación Española de Vela
- TEAM CAPITALIA (ITA)
Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia