Last Update: November 29th, 2017
A Chinese team’s bid for the 34th America’s Cup was announced on Monday.
China Team will join some of the best sailors in the world competing in the Challengers Series Louis Vuitton Cup in an effort to reach the America’s Cup final in San Francisco in the summer of 2013.
Li Quanhai, vice-president of the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA), said the team will feature local sailors, including some females, and he hopes to bring one stop of the series to China.
“Many Chinese sailors, who participated in the Olympic Games, have expressed their interest in the America’s Cup,” said Li.
“The CYA will help select qualified sailors, offer training bases for them and provide technical guidance.”
According to Li, six sailors, who were members of the China team six years ago, will race again this time and the selection for the rest of the crew will start in two weeks time in Shanghai.
“We have also received the technical requirement of host cities for the series. We are discussing with some coastal cities in China to see whether we can bring one stop of the race to China,” Li said.
The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will meet defending champion Oracle Racing of San Francisco for the trophy.
The China team will be led by Wang Chaoyong, who was also in charge in 2005.
“This America’s Cup will feature the best sailors on the fastest boats, so we are very happy to be part of this adventure with China Team, a boat which will truly represent China, as most sailors will be Chinese,” said Wang.
“All boats need to be designed and built in their respective countries. We have been working with some of the best worldwide designers of hulls and wings for a few months, in partnership with top Chinese universities. This is an opportunity to showcase China’s talents in the leading-edge, hi-tech areas of both hydrodynamics and aeronautics. Our boat will then be built in China and ready to sail by February 2012.”
China Team joins Italy’s Mascalzone Latino, Team New Zealand, Team Australia, Artemis Challenge of Sweden, Aleph Team France and Energy Team of France as challengers.
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