The Royal Yacht Squadron Racing (RYSR) the challenging club for Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and the Yacht Club de France representing Team France have today confirmed that they have both had their challenges accepted for the 35th America's CUp by the defender, the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco.
The RYSR submitted its Notice of Challenge to the GGYC during the two month long entry period which closed on Friday 8 August.
“We are delighted that Ben Ainslie Racing, led by Sir Ben, has asked Royal Yacht Squadron Racing to challenge on his behalf and are sure that, if anyone can bring the Cup back to its original home, he and his excellent BAR team can,” commented Simon van der Byl, CEO of the RYSR.
Of more surprise is that the lower key Team France, the French challenge of Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson has also found the necessary resources to challenge formally.
To have entered both teams will have paid the required first half of the US$ 2 million entry fee, plus a US$ 25,000 contribution to ACPI and US$ 50,000 for the upkeep of the competitor's website (we would have done it for less...!) This significant registration fee, guarantees the serious intention of the challengers.
Franck Cammas, skipper of Team France commented: “For the past 18 months, we’ve been working on this project in earnest with Michel, Olivier and a small team. It’s tough, but equally gripping. Beyond the technological and sporting aspects, which have been part of our daily life for dozens of years, you have to win the support of the public and business managers and also to convince potential partners. It’s thrilling, because it gives us the chance to meet strong personalities and businesses, which share our ambition. Without them and without the Club Team France, which unites us, we wouldn’t be an official challenger. Thank you to them and thank you to all those who will be joining us in the upcoming months to create perennial conditions so as we can be competitive in the crewed sailing environment and regularly participate in the America’s Cup in a bid to secure a win.”