America's Cup update

Gilles Martin-Raget /
We look at the potential teams and get an update from Iain Murray and Richard Worth
A gathering of the 34th America’s Cup clans took place in Dubai last week at a competitor meeting. This provided an opportunity to get up to speed with the latest developments, but of particular interest were the 20 or so teams represented, for they - plus an additional 10 believed to exist, but not evident in Dubai - give some indication as to who might be on the start line come 2013. At present three challengers are signed up to take on the defender Golden Gate Yacht Club/BMW Oracle Racing: - Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino Audi Team is the Challenger of Record. However at present there is little ostensible progress with this Italian team. Gavin Brady and the Mascalzone Latino Audi Team crew competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai were only contracted for the LV Trophy events this year. Former Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni is hotly tipped to be the helmsman and is competing with Onorato on his RC44 later this month in Miami. - on 8 November Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis team confirmed their participation with a powerful team led by CEO Paul Cayard and with Terry Hutchinson at the wheel. They have signed Juan K as their principle designer and have recently been training on board Extreme 40s in Miami. - another yet to reveal itself. Other strong contenders are: - Emirates Team New Zealand – read more from boss Grant Dalton here - Synergy – Russian campaign backed by three Moscow-based businessmen, the most high profile being Russian diplomat Valentin Zavadnikov. Competitors on the TP52 circuit and more recently the RC44s - All4One – Stephane Kandler and Jochen Schuemann Franco-German team. The union of Kandler’s K-Challenge and Schuemann’s German campaign for the 33rd America’s Cup. Have been competing on the Audi MedCup this year and will be again in 2011. Beyond this are numerous other