Iain Murray's America's Cup update

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The latest developments on the road to San Francisco 2013
In San Francisco last week, the contenders for the 34th America’s Cup revealed themselves from the defender Oracle Racing to all but one of the challengers. The latter group included the heavy hitters Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand, to a revitalised China Team with Mitch Booth as skipper, Aleph-Equipe de France where Bertrand Pace is skipper and Alain Gautier the driver, the Peyron brothers with Energy Team, Venezia Challenge from Italy, to a new nation to the America’s Cup Team Korea, led by Korea Match Cup organiser Dong Young-Kim. Yesterday the eighth challenger revealed itself in Italian-Spanish Green Comm, which with Luca Devoti running the sailing team and another bunch of Finn sailors hired, is a campaign that conceptually looks set to be a re-run of +39. But with the rejigged path to entry for the 34th America’s Cup featuring a very much less painful schedule of bonds and entry fees for challengers, so it seems likely that the teams we will actually see on the San Francisco start line of the Louis Vuitton challenger selection series come July 2013 at this stage is still not set in stone. Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup and CEO, America’s Cup Race Management, acknowledges with the revised schedule, requiring an entry fee of $100,000 payable on 1 August this year, followed by another of $200,000 on 1 June 2012, representing the entry fee to the AC72 events (ie the challenger selection series) there is a much greater possibility of late entries being accepted to the event. “To be honest I think we are will lose a couple and get a couple,” he says. So the line-up presented in San Francisco is more accurately the teams we will see in this year’s America’s Cup World Series and specifically those who have contracted