America's Cup

Who Are the Teams Racing in the 35th America’s Cup?

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

April 12, 2016

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The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series continues this year leading up to the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 in Bermuda. ORACLE TEAM USA will be defending the Cup and will face five challengers: Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan. Learn more about the teams below!

ORACLE TEAM USA | Defender

ORACLE TEAM USA was founded in 2000 by Larry Ellison. The team of skilled sailors won the 33rd America’s Cup, bringing the America’s Cup home to San Francisco and becoming the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup. They then successfully defended the 34th America’s Cup, and now we will see them once again defend the title in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.

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Artemis Racing | Challenger

Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world. It keeps its Swedish heritage with its signature colors: blue and yellow. The sailing team is the main part of the team, but Artemis Racing also consists of a design team, world class engineers, boat builders and a support team. The team has been a part of 64 America’s Cup campaigns and captured 14 victories.

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Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing | Challenger

Land Rover BAR was launched in 2014 in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge. Sir Ben Ainslie – four-time Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner – formed the team with the goal of bringing the America’s Cup back to Britain where it all began. It is a commercial sporting team with individual private investors alongside corporate partners.

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Emirates Team New Zealand | Challenger

Emirates Team New Zealand is based in Auckland, New Zealand and represents the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The team has won the America’s Cup twice in the row – once in 1995 in San Diego and then again in 2000 in Auckland. They have only missed one event since they began with the 1987 America’s Cup event, making them the longest-lived team in recent America’s Cup history. In the 2013 America’s Cup, they faced a very close and dramatic loss to ORACLE TEAM USA.

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Groupama Team France | Challenger

Groupama Team France is rather new to the scene, seeing as though they did not take part in the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. However, the team boasts France’s top sailing talent and is known for its offshore sailing achievements and being the champion of several international sailing competitions. The only thing that’s missing is a win in the prestigious America’s Cup.

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SoftBank Team Japan | Challenger

SoftBank Team Japan, supported by SoftBank Corp. and Kansai Yacht Club, is the first Japanese flagged challenger for the America’s Cup since 2000. They seek to make history to become the first Japanese team to win the America’s Cup. General Manager Kazuhiko “Fuku” Sofuku is a veteran of four previous America’s Cup campaigns and last raced with a Japanese team for the America’s Cup fifteen years ago. Their wealth of knowledge will do them well as they represent Japan with pride.

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Current Standings

Emirates Team New Zealand currently leads the pack with 192 points. ORACLE TEAM USA and Land Rover BAR are neck and neck with 186 points and 185 points, respectively. 

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See the Teams Race in New York

The America’s Cup returns to New York after 96 years, and you can be there to see these six teams in action! Experience incredibly luxurious hospitality – enjoy premium views of the race, gourmet food, open bar and much more. Click below to view available packages for the America's Cup Legends Club and the Legends Suites. 

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